Well, Hamas (the terrorist group that runs the Gaza Strip after winning an election) is in a bit of a snit of late. And their public statements show it.
First up, they denied charges that they committed war crimes by targeting civilians during the last dustup with Israel. Their defense to the charge was novel, to say the least: they didn’t target civilians because their missiles are unguided, and therefore can’t “target” anyone. It’s kind of hard to “target” something with a weapon that’s addressed to General Delivery, Israel.
This ties in quite nicely with the long-standing Palestinian excuse that since Israel has universal military conscription, there really aren’t any civilians in Israel and everyone is a legitimate target. Everyone — from infants to elderly to the infirm to teachers and medical personnel — are past, present, or future members of the military, so they’re fair game.
Meanwhile, they’re also upset that one of their top people suffered a most unpleasant accident. While staying in a hotel in Dubai, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh — who was personally involved in at least one terrorist attack, and one of the key people in getting weapons from Iran to Hamas in the Gaza Strip — was accidentally poisoned. Or stabbed. Or shot. Or electrocuted. Or smothered with a pillow. Or suffered extreme existential ennui. Or something. Anyway, another terrorist scumbag is now room temperature, and that’s a heinous war crime or something, so Hamas is furious and vowing to kill even more non-civilians in highly-targeted “To Whom It May Concern” attacks.
Fortunately, we have an alternative to Hamas available for discussions. Over in the West Bank, we have Fatah — the heirs to those peace-loving folks at the PLO — revamping their charter. And as a sign of their dedication to peace, they’ve removed all mentions calling for the destruction of Israel. And there was much rejoicing.
Right up until someone noticed the fine print in the new charter that said that this was in addition to the original charter, the old charter was still in force and was unchanged.
Including all the “death to the Jews” stuff.
The key message to take away from all this is this: absolutely nothing has changed. The Palestinians — through their duly-elected representatives, the terrorist groups Hamas and Fatah — are still not interested in a negotiated peace. Their position remains the same: no matter how many times they fight and lose, the only thing they will accept is complete and absolute victory.
And they keep getting better and better at finding the magic words that will allow their enablers in the West to convince enough people that they’ve really changed, that they really, really are ready to negotiate and find a peaceful settlement.
Some of us have realized that they pretty words are meaningless, and we need deeds to demonstrate their true change of heart.
That ain’t happened yet.
And it don’t look like it’s gonna happen any time soon.