A few years ago, I was approached by an independent producer who wanted to hire me to write a script. In truth, the producer was an amateur, someone with no credits. But he had lots of enthusiasm and claimed to have money in place to develop a script. I sat down for lunch with the producer to discuss the project. I felt a strong affinity with the subject matter and the producer seemed to be an okay guy, or at least, well-intentioned.
I instructed my agent to proceed with negotiations.
A few days later my agent reported on dismal opening rounds. It was clear to me and to my agent that this producer and his lawyer had no idea what they were doing. In fact, they were comically incompetent.
My agent said: “This is a waste of our time. Walk away.”
I know: it’s a bit inappropriate to compare negotiations with a dopey Hollywood wanna-be with Israel’s life-and-death struggle against Hamas.
The point is: there are people who cannot be trusted. There are times when you have to recognize that negotiations are futile. And Hamas tells us, over and over, that they cannot be trusted.
Hamas Covenant, Article Thirteen:
Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement…
There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
Hamas agrees to cease-fires, or hudnas, only as a tactic to buy time in order to rearm, reorganize and rebuild their terrorist infrastructure.
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine. Moslem Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times. It is characterized by its deep understanding, accurate comprehension and its complete embrace of all Islamic concepts of all aspects of life, culture, creed, politics, economics, education, society, justice and judgement, the spreading of Islam, education, art, information, science of the occult and conversion to Islam.
The Muslim Brotherhood has shown what can be accomplished through decades of phony cease-fires and endless negotiations. Mohammed Morsi and the MB are the controlling regime in Egypt. This has shifted the Middle Eastern paradigm away from the old Israeli-Palestinian conflict model to the Islamist-caliphate phase. While Hamas paid lip service to Palestinian nationalism, their true goal is a global caliphate free of state nationalism.
With Libya, Tunis and Lebanon firmly under the banner of radical Islam, with Syria on the brink and Jordan the next to topple, we can see the ground has shifted seismically. Turkey is a unique and particularly troubling case in that newly Islamist Turkey is competing with Iran for regional hegemony. Turkey is also a member of NATO — good luck with that.
Hamas is splintering under the Israeli offensive. But the feckless world community — including Obama’s MB-supporting regime — are doing everything possible to rescue Hamas by imposing a cease-fire. A ground incursion by the IDF into Gaza is a bad option, but agreeing to a phony cease-fire is even worse.
A few hours ago, a terrorist bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv. Here’s how Hamas TV reports the carnage.
My friend Jameel of the Muqata is live-blogging the war.
Yeshiva World News is also live-blogging Pillar of Defense.
Follow the IDF on Twitter.
Here’s the IDF on YouTube.