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Kramer on FB: Hamas unveils record-setting map of hate

In honor of so-called “Nakba Day” (May 15), Hamas has commissioned a giant map of Palestine, in a bid to enter the Guinness Book of Records. (Map photo: http://bit.ly/IRa6M8.) It’s a fantasy map, without the name of Israel, without Jewish cities, towns, villages, and kibbutzim, and full of places that no longer exist. In sum, it’s a monument of Israel-denial, setting yet another record for hate.

 

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Hamas Deserts Iran, and Lebanese Stand Up Against Syria by Elliott Abrams

“Hamas rules out military support for Iran in any war with Israel,” reads a headline in London’s Guardian newspaper. The statements by Hamas leaders that they “would not get involved” and are “not part of military alliances in the region” are significant. They show that Hamas wants to be on the winning side and has concluded that the Syria-Iran-Hezbollah axis is no longer on the ascendent.

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Hamas And The Arab Spring by Elliott Abrams

Hamas may face the worst possible combination of elements: it is not a government and does not govern a state, it faces a Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that will have huge challenges meeting the needs of the Egyptian people, and it must at the same time cope with the almost impossible problems of ruling Gaza. Only 31 percent of Palestinians living in Gaza give their Hamas rulers a positive evaluation. That number is more likely to decline than to rise. Hamas is one of the losers from the Arab Spring.

 

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The Road from Damascus by Lee Smith

The Road from Damascus by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Hamas finally comes out against the Assad regime, its longtime patron, striking a major blow against Iran’s bid for Shia regional dominance. But rather than seeing Hamas’ defection as a reflection of the Sunni-Shia conflict, the White House will read Hamas’ distancing from Iran as a sign of moderation—and it will work tirelessly to nurture Hamas as a peace partner. If Obama wins again in November, this will be a pillar of the White House’s Middle East policy.

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