What gets me is how LITTLE of the stuff that Hamas does on their own people gets out. What about the beating of all the supporters of Fatah?
Well, you know, after Fatah lost the election, many Fatah elements did after all refuse to be governed by and in fact attempt openly to attack, kidnap and assassinate Hamas officials and personnel. If you're going to bring up the Hamas-Fatah conflict -- which did indeed "get out," BTW -- that's sort of an important detail, isn't it.
Speaking of bullshit, a great deal of it swarms around Hamas. Hamas is far from liberal or squeaky-clean; on the other hand a great deal of the pro-Israeli line about it is bullshit, and easily disprovable bullshit at that. There is much banging on about how Hamas' victory condition is driving the Jews into the sea, but in fact Hamas has long since publicly accepted the basic "two-state solution," along with right of return (falsely portrayed by the bullshitters as tantamount to Jewish genocide) as its victory conditions. [EDIT: BTW, this also bleeds over into immense amounts of bullshit about Hamas and rockets. The common Israeli narrative is that Hamas always just shows up and starts firing rockets randomly, for no good reason; but in fact that's not what happens. It's not that Hamas is always in the right, but there's generally a context of Israeli military actions and pressures that's always conveniently left out of the pro-Israeli, anti-Hamas account. Which is bullshit.] Perhaps Hamas knows perfectly well that no Israeli will now accept the basic two-state solution, but they also know that the "facts on the ground" are a result of Israeli
intransigence and deception, not Arab, and so on the world stage it redounds to their benefit. And to an extent, if this was their calculation, they would be right; that's how the UN recognition scenario even became possible.
This is what should give Israel supporters pause. They're very close to completely losing the advantage they once had in manipulating international opinion, even of international Jewish
opinion. The Arab side doesn't need now, to whatever extent it ever did, to resort to deception to portray the Israelis as the "rejectionist" party, and that's a huge advantage in the international arena. The facts speak for themselves, and the fog of bullshit that pro-Israeli parties have attempted to obfuscate them with has hugely
, and probably irreparably, damaged Israeli credibility abroad. Signing on to the claim that the Arabs just want to drive the Jews into the sea is just signing on to drive another nail into the coffin of that credibility; it would've played in the 1970s, maybe for a time in the 1980s, but it's definitely insupportable now and Israel's far right and their supporters have yet to cotton to that. They're the mirror of the American right wing, riding decades-old con games into the ground while affecting not to notice that the cons are past their sell-by date.
The outcome of all this is that Israel has only two real options: one, try to hold on to the occupation in perpetuity (a doomed strategy when the virtually inevitable one-state pro-democracy campaign materializes, a campaign in its turn which would also provide much greater purchase for the right-of-return campaign); two, try to hold on to the Jewish State by physically deporting the bulk of the Arab populace of the West Bank and perhaps the Gaza Strip (in which case Israel is virtually certain to find out what it's like to really
become an international pariah state). Those options are both unpalatable, but the third way was
the two-state solution, and unfortunately the fateful lack of push-back at Rabin's assassination put that one permanently in the grave.