Sex, Hamas, and the "Palestinian Authority"
It's really amazing.
Over the last two days I put up 2 posts that dealt with some "provocative issues" in Israel, and which contained the word sex in the title of the post ("Sex in the Holy City" Part 1 & Part 2) and, lo and behold, my site traffic has soared.
And to think, I thought my readers were drawn to this blog for the deep insight and analysis relating to the challenges facing the Jewish People and State today.
In any case, while I have you here...
Mark Twain once said, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".
Perhaps, after some recent remarks, it would be in the best interest of Yuval Diskin, Israel's Director of the Shin Bet, to familiarize himself with these timeless words of wisdom.
Shin Bet: Israel will be in 'deep trouble' if Hamas wins poll
Shin Bet Director Yuval Diskin cautioned Tuesday that Israel would be in "deep trouble" if Hamas emerged victorious in parliamentary elections scheduled for late January.
Why, you ask?
According to Diskin, following a victory or strong showing, the militant Islamic group would make every effort to install its activists in Palestinian security arms, thus assuring that there would be no efforts made to head off terrorism launched from Palestinian-controlled areas.
A Hamas triumph could also affect the educational curriculum taught in Palestinian schools.
Well, if this is what is keeping the Shin Bet Director awake at night, he can go back to sleep, and here's why...
There is absolutely no difference between Hamas and the "Palestinian Authority"!
Let's take a closer look at the two concerns that Diskin mentioned:
1) A Hamas victory would ensure that "there would be no efforts made to head off terrorism..."
The "Palestinian Authority's" current version of fighting terror involves:
* recruting "armed militants" into the existing "Palestinian" security forces
* Hiding wanted terrorists
* A refusal to confront terrorists, instead, calling for truces and ceasefires
How could Hamas be any worse?
2) "A Hamas triumph could also affect the educational curriculum taught in Palestinian schools"
Let's take a look at the current curriculum in the "Palestinian Authority" run schools...
* An analysis of "Palestinian Authority" school books by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP) found:
"In summary, the above findings in the light of the criteria followed by CMIP indicate only too clearly that this latest issue of PA textbooks too does not meet international standards as far as the attitude to the "other" and to peace is concerned. Though short-lived and minute nuances of improvement have been noticed at times during the last five years, including in this latest issue, the bottom line is unequivocally clear: The PA project of school textbook publishing has not contributed, and still does not contribute, to peace and reconciliation with Israel. Rather, the opposite is true. There are still two grades - eleven and twelve - that are supposed to receive their new books next year".
* Additional examples of the hatred and incitement taught in "Palestinian Authority" run schools can be found here and here.
* The "Palestinian Authority" omits any reference to the State of Israel on its official maps.
The moral of the story is, if Shin Bet Director Yuval Diskin believes that Israel will only be in "deep trouble" if Hamas wins in the upcoming "Palestinian" "elections", then he should begin looking for a new job in a different line of work.