Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Real Hamas: Sorry, Folks!

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The Real Hamas: Sorry, Folks!

by Bassam Tawil  •  March 15, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • What Hamas says, day and night, in Arabic, tells the real story. In fact, Hamas officials are very clear and straightforward when they address their people in Arabic. Yet some Western and Israeli analysts do not want to be bothered by the facts.
  • Some reports have suggested that Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh are the ones pushing for the changes in the movement's charter. However, even if Mashaal and Haniyeh succeed in their mission, there is no guarantee that Hamas's military wing would comply.
  • Hamas has also denied its intention to cut off its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. "The reports are aimed at tarnishing the image of Hamas in the eyes of the world," explained a top Hamas official. He also denied that Hamas was planning to abandon the armed struggle against Israel in favor of a peaceful popular "resistance."
Armed Hamas militiamen on parade with a vehicle-mounted rocket launcher in Gaza, in August 2016. (Image source: PressTV video screenshot)
What does Hamas mean when it says that it "accepts" an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem without recognizing Israel's right to exist?
Is this a sign of moderation and pragmatism on the part of the extremist Islamic terror movement? Or is it just another ploy intended to deceive everyone, especially gullible Westerners, into believing that Hamas has abandoned its strategy of destroying Israel in favor of a two-state solution?
Recent reports have suggested that Hamas is moving towards "declaring a Palestinian state over the 1967 borders."

Merkel's Migrant Deception

by Vijeta Uniyal  •  March 15, 2017 at 4:00 am
  • As it now turns out, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was right about a "secret deal" all along.
  • In a government report published last month by the German newspaper Rheinische Post, experts recommended an annual intake of up to 300,000 migrants a year for the next 40 years, to counter lower German birth rates.
  • As they embark on a bizarre social engineering project on a continental scale, members of Germany's political class evidently do not see the need to consult even their own electorates. Instead, they apparently believe in creating irreversible facts on the ground, and giving voting rights to migrants permanently residing in Germany.
Pictured above: German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, on February 3, 2017. (Image source RT video screenshot)
"Never believe anything until it has been officially denied," people use to say in days of the Soviet Union. Today, the same seems to be true for the European Union's migrant policy. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel engineered the EU-Turkey deal on migrants, it was widely described by the European politicians and the media as a "breakthrough". Merkel and other EU leaders agreed on offering a down payment of €3 billion to the regime of Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in return for its promises to "stem migrant flows".
In December 2015, nearly four months before the EU-Turkey agreement was even formalized, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán accused Chancellor Merkel of working on a "secret deal" with her Turkish counterparts. President Orbán was quite specific in his claims, apparently certain that Berlin would soon reveal the details to the public.


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