Stop Feeding Hate in Gaza | Opinion

In 1933, Winston Churchill read a copy of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and concluded what few politicians of the time dared: negotiation and appeasement only work with rational and moral people. Hitler was clearly irrational in his proposed execution of horrifying atrocities. Furthermore, he was clearly not moral. Hitler was so impassioned and dedicated to his ideology that nothing less than war would stop him. So, as Churchill put it, appeasement of Hitler by the United Kingdom "feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat [the U.K.] last."

It took seven years for British politicians to realize Churchill's evaluation of Hitler was right. By then, Nazi Germany had already invaded Poland, the Czech Republic, France and the Low Countries. Countless lives would have been saved if people had dropped their optimistic delusions and believed Churchill when he said negotiation wouldn't work.

Hitler meant what he wrote in Mein Kampf, but people didn't want to believe that a philosophy so horrible could gain traction. We're seeing a parallel situation today with the Islamic Resistance Movement, better known as Hamas. Hamas consistently talks about killing Jews, but for some reason, many on the Left don't want to take its threats seriously. Instead, they call for a ceasefire from Israelis who are trying to defend themselves.

In 2019, Fathi Hammad, a Hamas senior leader, told a group of Palestinians "There are Jews everywhere. We must attack every Jew on planet Earth! We must slaughter and kill them, with Allah's help. We will lacerate and tear them to pieces." Hammad later demanded "people of Jerusalem, we want you to cut off the heads of the Jews with knives."

President Joe Biden needs to take a lesson from Churchill and accept Hamas for what it is—an immoral, anti-Semitic, murderous organization bent on, as its official covenant states, "rais[ing] the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine," even if that means "obliterating" Israel.

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A ball of fire erupts from a building in Gaza City's Rimal residential district on May 16, 2021, during massive Israeli bombardment on the Hamas-controlled enclave. Bashar TALEB / AFP/Getty Images

Hamas is dedicated to the cause of destroying the Jews, and Article 13 of its covenant clearly states:

[Peace] initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.... Those conferences are no more than a means to appoint the infidels as arbitrators in the lands of Islam.... There is no solution for the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are but a waste of time, an exercise in futility.

Hamas doesn't want peace or a ceasefire. It wants the extinction of Israelis.

The answer to the threat of Israeli extinction cannot be a ceasefire. Even if there were one, Hamas is clear there would be no real conflict resolution.

Hamas is not willing to negotiate with Israel, stating "We will never recognize Israel or cease to fight for our land." Hamas will not give up its weapons in a ceasefire, claiming that "disarming us is like Satan dreaming of heaven. No one can take away our weapons." Politicians calling for a ceasefire are asking for another decade of death and destruction when Israeli-Palestinian negotiations fail. Ari Fleischer put it perfectly: "If Hamas disarmed, there would be no violence. If Israel disarmed, there would be no Israel."

Instead, America needs to lead a movement to weed out Hamas' ideology from Palestine. We cannot allow the next generation of Palestinians to take up Hamas' mission of violent genocide against Jews.

Like Hitler during World War II, Hamas cannot be negotiated with. Hamas wants to kill the 9 million Jews in Israel. The American government must step up like Churchill and counter the threat Hamas poses for all Israelis.

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