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Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play.

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PostWed Jun 10, 2009 7:37 am     Hamas Leader gains new hope from Cairo speech    

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Hamas Leader gains new hope from Cairo speech

By Naomi Ragen
June 10, 2009


I am getting responses to my e-mails that seem to me to be defensive. 'What
good does it do to align yourself against the democratically elected leader
of the free world? Why make Jews his enemy?' writes one list-member.
"You are sending us material from far right conservative websites," writes
another concerning the Washington Times piece on the First Muslim President.

I don't know what to say. I'm sending out the information that comes my
way, trying as best I can to send only those pieces that come from reliable
sources, writers and public figures we have come to trust over the years.
I'm sorry if that is making certain list-members uncomfortable. I'm sorry
that there is so much bad news.
But it is better to know, than not to know. That is my motto.

So, I will send you this bit of news that headlined YNet this morning, June
10, 2009, in Israel. Khalid Meshal, head of the Hamas terror
organization's political wing, responsible for thousands of terror attacks,
including eight years of rocket attacks since the Hamas takeover of Gaza,
including the Passover Massacre which almost killed my family, had this to
say after Obama's Cairo speech:

"The pressure from the U.S. Government on Israel to freeze all settlement
building is a vital step in revitalizing the political process." Turning
to the world community, he asked that Hamas be recognized as a "positive
element in achieving peace in the Middle East. "There is a new language
from President Obama. But we expect real pressure on Israel. So far
President Obama has continued the policy of George Bush, refusing to speak
to Hamas. But in his Cairo speech he hinted that our organization, which
controls Gaza, will be part of the peace process." According to Meshal:
"Hamas will be a positive force in reaching a solution that will be fair to
Palestinians, allowing them to exercise their rights. Hamas isn't an
obstacle. Israel is an obstacle."

In a May 4 interview published in the New York Times, Meshal urged outsiders
to ignore the Hamas charter, which calls for the obliteration of Israel
through jihad and cites as fact the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, "The
Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Mr. Meshal did not offer to revoke the
charter, but said it was 20 years old, adding, "We are shaped by our

Yes, and experience teaches that the more Jews you kill, the more political
backing you will get from the world. It used to be America was different, a
different force. A force for good in the world. Now, it is giving people
like Meshal new hope.



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