Actually, Joseph Masab has more than just regards to send to Israel. The son of a West Bank Hamas leader also tells the Israelis that they will never have peace as long as Hamas exists. He spoke to Haaretz from his new home in California, but Masab longs to return to Israel in peace as a practicing Christian (h/t: Meryl Yourish):
“You Jews should be aware: You will never, but never have peace with Hamas. Islam, as the ideology that guides them, will not allow them to achieve a peace agreement with the Jews. They believe that tradition says that the Prophet Mohammed fought against the Jews and that therefore they must continue to fight them to the death.”
Is that the justification for the suicide attacks?
“More than that. An entire society sanctifies death and the suicide terrorists. In Palestinian culture a suicide terrorist becomes a hero, a martyr. Sheikhs tell their students about the ‘heroism of the shaheeds.'”
Culture of death — doesn’t that sound familiar? Golda Meir once said that the Middle East would have peace when Israel’s enemies learned to love their children more than they loved death. Masab plainly tells the Israelis that not only has that time not yet come, but that the death-worship has gained steam. The same warning applies to all forms of radical Islam. There simply is no room to negotiate with people in love with death.
Maybe our own State Department should get in touch with Masab. We’ve done a pretty decent job of keeping sanctions on Hamas, but pushing Israel into negotiations with the Palestinians when they remain wedded to this death-cult doesn’t do anything to increase security in the region.