The United Nations issued a unanimous resolution condemning Israel’s deportation of “civilians” and demanding that Israel immediately bring them back, or face sanctions. The United States voted for that resolution, along with three others condemning Israel. Now the Hamas terrorists that Rabin took back control all of Gaza and have been responsible for an untold number of murders. – 1993
By Daniel Greenfield | July 15, 2014
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
As Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets and Hamas rockets fall on Israeli towns, some wonder how the Gaza Strip came to be run by Hamas terrorists. The answer is that the world forced Israel to let them into Gaza.
In the early 90s, Nissim Toledano, a border police sergeant, was kidnapped by terrorists on the way to work. After an extended search, he was found dead in a roadside ditch.
In response to that attack and numerous other atrocities committed by Hamas, including a planned massive car bombing, Israel made the decision to deport 400 Hamas terrorists. Among them were the past and present day leaders of Hamas.
You might assume that the story ends there. But you would be wrong.
The United Nations issued a unanimous resolution condemning Israel’s deportation of “civilians” and demanding that Israel immediately bring them back, or face sanctions. The United States voted for that resolution, along with three others condemning Israel. Thomas R. Pickering, the American delegate warned that the deportations of Hamas terrorists “do not contribute to current efforts for peace.”
Lebanon refused to officially accept the Hamas terrorists. The Red Cross brought them tents and blankets and the media swarmed to take photos of them “shivering from the cold” while drinking coffee outside their tents. Newsweek accused Israel of “Deporting the Hope for Peace.” The LA Times ran a tearful interview with the wife of Mohammed Taamari, a future member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, who was terribly lonely without her husband. Much as after the flotilla raid, the Israeli media condemned the clumsy mishandling of the deportations.
Finally, after enough browbeating by James Baker and Warren Christopher, Rabin agreed to take the Hamas terrorists back. In a bizarre charade that would serve as a tragic foretelling of events to come, Rabin agreed to return 100 terrorists immediately, and to take the remainder back in a year. Now the Hamas terrorists that Rabin took back control all of Gaza, and have been responsible for an untold number of murders.
The terrorists that Israel was forced to accept included current Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas’ religious figurehead, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
They included Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas, who last year proclaimed; “They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people.” They included Mohammed Taha, another co-founder of Hamas. They also included Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, another Hamas co-founder, who was responsible for numerous murders of Israelis, who would proclaim, “By Allah, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine.”
They included his son Ayman Taha, who commanded the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which carried out numerous attacks on Israel, including the kidnapping of Gilad Shaar.
And that is how a failure to drive out those responsible for the kidnapping and murder of one Israeli sergeant led to the capture of an Israeli corporal in 2006. It is also the story of why Gaza was turned over to Hamas in the name of “peace.” It is the story of how the United Nations, the UK and two U.S. administrations pressured Israel into accepting the leaders of Hamas in the name of peace.
It is also the story of how the media conducted a propaganda war on behalf of an Islamist terrorist organization, not just today when it publishes false stories about starvation in Gaza, but when the only people supposedly starving were adult male Hamas terrorists.
The world insisted that Israel take back the Hamas leadership, and Israel did. The world insisted that Israel had no business being in Gaza, and Israel withdrew from there, which allowed the very same Hamas terrorists that the world insisted Israel take back, take over. Now the world is insisting that Israel has no right to blockade those same Hamas terrorists in Gaza. People who are shocked by this development shouldn’t be since Israel wasn’t even allowed to throw the same terrorists out of the country.
One of the more cynical left wing talking points is that Israel was responsible for Hamas. Looking back to when the current Hamas leadership were sitting outside their Red Cross tents in Lebanon and the left was pounding on Israel’s door, demanding that they be let back in – it is all too clear who was and is responsible for Hamas.
The people who saved Hamas then are responsible for it today. The media and the diplomats who were claiming that deporting Hamas would somehow “radicalize” the Palestinian Arabs ensured that the Hamas leaders would return to radicalize all of Gaza and the West Bank.
After the deportation of the Hamas terrorists, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin delivered a speech in the Knesset in which he said: “I have no pity in my heart, nor do I shed tears [for the Hamas terrorists]. I see the media whining their hypocritical speeches – and I think instead of Nissim Toledano’s orphaned children, the widow of Shmuel Biran, and the bereaved parents of Shmuel Geresh.”
Rabbi Shmuel Biran was a schoolteacher in Kfar Darom, an Israeli village in Gaza. He was murdered by Hamas terrorists while crossing a two lane highway. The UN did not condemn the murder of Rabbi Biran. Newsweek did not write any piteous pieces about how much his widow missed him. Instead they called Kfar Darom a settlement, even though it was part of a history going back over 2000 years, and the land it was on had been bought and paid for, fair and square.
The same diplomats and reporters who wailed for the lonely Hamas terrorists in Lebanon, did not pity the family of Rabbi Biran. Instead they demanded his family and all the Jews of Kfar Darom be expelled from their homes.
Eventually they got their wish. The families of Kfar Darom were dragged out of their homes. Today Kfar Darom is used by Hamas terrorists to launch rockets deeper into Israel, at other towns and villages. The murderers have inherited the land of their victims. And yet there is no peace. Never any peace.
Now the vultures keep on circling. Once they said there would be peace if only Israel let the Hamas terrorists back in. Then they said, there would be peace if only Israel ethnically cleansed Jewish communities in land claimed by the terrorists. Now if only Israel will lift the blockade and give Hamas access to unlimited weapons – perhaps then there will be peace.
After his death, it has become fashionable to selectively quote some of Rabin’s speeches. But this speech is rarely quoted. And you don’t have to work too hard to understand why.
Our struggle against murderous Islamic terror is also meant to awaken the world which is lying in slumber. We call on all nations and all people to devote their attention to the great danger inherent in Islamic fundamentalism. That is the real and serious danger which threatens the peace of the world in the forthcoming years.
Two weeks after Rabin agreed to take back the Hamas terrorists – the World Trade Center was bombed by a group led by the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, under Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh” who led al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, which like both al-Qaeda and Hamas, emerged out of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Rahman’s message to Muslims was very simple; “Cut the transportation of their countries, tear it apart, destroy their economy, burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air, or land.”
And that was exactly what they went on to do.
The World Trade Center bombing in 1993 set the stage for the more successful attacks of 2001. Just as the Hamas atrocities of the nineties set the stage for the bigger and more horrifying attacks to come.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, UN aid convoys were being ambushed and massacred. Tourists were being murdered in Egypt. Hamas killed two traffic cops in Tel Aviv. But no one worried. Peace was just on the horizon. And so, Israel was forced to submit to Islamic terrorism.
Hamas’ path to victory was paved by two U.S. administrations and a press corps always eager to turn terrorists into victims, but never interested in hearing from the victims of the terrorists.
Islamic terrorism had won not on its own terms, but with the unified support of the United Nations standing behind it.
That is how Islamic terrorism always wins. That is the template behind its victory. And Rabin’s speech which warned the West of what was to come, was ignored. Today Rabin is remembered as the man who compromised with terrorism. It is the only thing he is remembered for. But compromising with terrorism did not bring peace. Not in Somalia, where U.S. troops were brutally murdered the next year. Not in Afghanistan, where the Taliban slaughtered aid convoys. Not in Indonesia or New York or Paris or Egypt. And certainly not in Gaza.
Muslim terrorists had won a battle with the backing of the U.S. and the UN. They have won many more since then. Now they are trying to win the war.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City-based writer and freelance commentator with a special focus on the War on Terror and the rising threat to Western Civilization. Mr. Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He maintains a blog and is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.