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Monday, May 28, 2007

Ambiguity Alert

For some time there have been deep divisions among the Israeli public as to what the Palestinian leaders really mean when they make public pronouncements that sound a tad 'abrupt' to western ears. 

For instance, last night, an official Hamas spokesperson made the following cryptic statement:

"The time has come to kill the occupier" and then went on to encourage "Muslims to take whatever weapons they manage to obtain and to kill Jews wherever they find them, without hesitation." *

So it is now incumbent upon us to figure out what such vague statements are actually designed to communicate to the outside world and to the Palestinian 'Street'.

Perhaps it's a plea for more 'confidence building measures' from Israel, or for a restoration of foreign aid to previous levels.  After all, we're talking about an extremely proud people... and asking directly for concessions and hand-outs must be a terribly humiliating thing.

Clearly they don't really mean for their followers to do actual physical harm to random Israeli civilians (A.K.A. Jews), as that kind of threat would require that every Palestinian be viewed as a potential terrorist... something that would doom the burgeoning peace process.   

No, this is obviously an example of that poetic hyperbole for which these romantic desert dwellers have become so famous.

Let's face it, deciphering the hidden meaning behind such ambiguous statements is extremely tricky work, and is best left to professional diplomats and journalists. 

For my part, I'm willing to do my civic duty and assume a 'wait and see' attitude.


* source

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Posted by David Bogner on May 28, 2007 | Permalink


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Yes, let's wait in our bullet proof vests, looking through our rock-proof windows and armored busses over that "fence" to see just what happens, hmm?

Let's wait in our shelters to see just how many missiles fall on Israeli towns, how many Israelis are injured or killed, before we do something (real) about it, eh?

Let's not forget those war drums beating up north...

Yeah, wait and see...what happens to the country that doesn't stand up for itself and exercise its inherent right to defend itself.

Gee, those windows are getting awfully scratched up now...all the better for ignoring the causes of the problems.

People seem to have a lot of patience these days.

Posted by: tnspr569 | May 28, 2007 1:08:16 PM

You forgot the open <sarcasm> tag, so I assume this is not sarcasm?



Posted by: Yehuda Berlinger | May 28, 2007 2:32:54 PM

I remember this wording from the Hamas Charter. It seems to be part of Islamic scriptures whether Quran or Hadiths I cannot say.

Posted by: Ruth | May 28, 2007 2:40:03 PM

What they're saying is that it's time to restart the peace process.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | May 28, 2007 3:50:11 PM

Hi David,

It CLEARLY means:

"They just need a little more land for peace!"
- From MMM!

"Let's give them a State... errr, Reichlette!"
- Carl TM

"I think the UN would approve so it must be right..."
- From "The Jumping Off The Brooklyn Bridge Booklette."

"Nah, it just means kill the Zionist oppressors! Shipping included and a binding kill the Sunday People order is also active."
- A non-romantic desert dweller from the movie "DUNE."


*** How's that? ***


Posted by: Maksim-Smelchak | May 28, 2007 4:32:45 PM

Wow, two political posts in a row that I not only have no points of contention with, but agree with wholeheartedly.

*smiles* You put it better than I could. It still ceases to amaze me that the world is so willing to overlook the obvious evidence that Hamas hasn't the slightest interest in stopping their 'resistance' until all of 'historic Palestine' is Judenrein.

Posted by: matlabfreak | May 28, 2007 4:53:28 PM

If only the Palestinians were as plain-spoken and resolute as Israel's leadership, eh?

Posted by: Bob | May 28, 2007 6:30:08 PM

Hey, I have an idea! Let some Yesha leader get up and declare that it's time to kill every Arab they can find, without hesitation! I'm sure our Islamic brethren will understand that he's just engaging in some meaningless hyperbole, and will adopt a "wait and see" attitude, right?...Right?...

Posted by: psachya | May 28, 2007 6:49:44 PM

Yehuda- were you referring to me?

I did indeed forget to include the sarcasm tag.

I certainly do not possess such a degree of patience.

Jewish blood is not "cheap" at all, at least in my opinion.

Posted by: tnspr569 | May 28, 2007 9:05:44 PM

“The time has come to kill the مؤمن (Believer), Jews to take whatever weapons they manage to obtain and to kill the believer wherever they find them, without hesitation!”

Posted by: Rami | May 29, 2007 8:52:43 AM

Thank goodness you ended that post with a /sarcasm tag. I was beginning to worry your blog had been taken over by aliens.

Posted by: jennifer | May 29, 2007 12:11:33 PM

tnspr569... Now now... let's not rush to judgement! :-)

Yehuda Berlinger... That would have sort of blown the effect, no?

Ruth... In the long run, does it really matter which? :-)

Doctor Bean... Um, yeah... that's what I meant to say. ;-)

Maksim-Smelchak... Strong work.

Bob... Then we'd have nothing to worry about. :-)

psachya... You aren't seriously suggesting that the Arabs and Jews be held to the same standard of conduct, are you? Puleeze!

tnspr569... N, that was directed at moi.

Rami... Slow down there tiger, we aren't calling for that just yet. :-)

jennifer... Oh sure, like you really thought for a second that I was serious. Methinks someone needs to have their BS detector checked. ;-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | May 29, 2007 6:30:54 PM

Isn't sarcasm fun?

By the way, there's always that GPS radio service you can have installed in your car. A direct link to the army; fun, no?

What's the fun of driving through hot spots if you don't have an "upgraded" vehicle?

Posted by: tnspr569 | May 29, 2007 7:34:02 PM

Obviously, the current situation cannot continue, and it is clear to everyone with half a brain that Hamas has not altered it's goal of Israel's destruction.
But think about it for a minute.
Is there a real total solution that Israel can implement without having other costs that may be too great to bear? We must do better for leaders than the shul president and kiddush club mentality that constitute the incumbent government, but I am not convnced that a strategy other than coontainment, as awful as it is, will do any better.
We all have a clear idea of whhere we would like to end up, and I think people from all across the political spectrum agree that Palestinians have to have some sort of self rule. But the path to that end is not so obvious.

Posted by: jordan Hirsch | May 31, 2007 7:22:30 AM

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