I’m fairly certain that Greg Sheridan actually believes his own propaganda and rhetoric. He’s certainly fallen for the Hamas propaganda about Jews generally and Israelis in particular or at least thinks others have, but has ignored entirely the propaganda that the Israeli Zionist extremists put out about Arabs generally and Hamas in particular, all stuff, incidentally that can also be found easily on the net.
The bottom line, however, is not the propaganda and rhetoric of either side, no matter how virulent and violent the hatreds towards each other appear to be, but rather, the geopolitical reality of what the intentions of the Zionist extremists are. Their goal is simple; to have the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank removed (transferred) from these places to the Sinai and/or Jordan so that eventually the Israelis can colonise them and ultimately annex them to Israel in pursuit of their aspirations for a Greater Israel, just as they did to the Golan Heights. Hamas on behalf of all of the Palestinian peoples, on the other hand, simply want all of the lands back that have been taken by the Israelis.
For all of Greg Sheridan’s propaganda and rhetorical nonsense about Hamas, the reality is this; firstly, it is Israel that is on land that does not belong to them, not the other way round, and the Palestinians are fighting to get it back. Secondly, it is Israelis that are doing the killing. Thousands of Palestinians have been murdered over the years by Israelis and thousands more have been kidnapped and imprisoned in Israel, many of them without trial, simply for resisting Israeli aggression. Hamas rocket attacks against Israelis are both in retaliation to Israeli attacks against the Palestinians and in an effort to get their lands back from the Israelis.
The people of the Gaza and the people of the West Bank are the same people – they’re all Palestinians. The Israeli assertion that the Gazans had been given back their lands when the Israeli settlements were withdrawn and that therefore the Gazan people should now have no cause to fight the Israelis is a complete nonsense. The withdrawal of the settlers by Ariel Sharon was merely a tactical move dressed up in propaganda to make it look as though the Israelis were making concessions to the Gazans. In fact Sharon pulled out the settlements simply because they were over stretching the Israeli Defence Forces who were defending them. He knew that one day that the Israelis would force the Gazan Palestinians out and that the settlers would then return to the Gaza Strip which would eventually become part of Greater Israel just as he hoped the West Bank and the south of Lebanon up to the Litani River would also be.
The people of the world should ignore the propaganda of the extremists, including the likes of Greg Sheridan, and support the founding of a binational one-state solution whereby Palestinians and Israelis live peacefully together in one democratic secular state.
There is no other way. The quicker the world wakes up to this simple fact the better!