April 20, 2006

Maybe there's hope yet

"Saying that dignity was more important than aid in dollars, Palestinian Premier Ismail Haniyeh insisted yesterday that his Hamas-led government would not renounce violence despite mounting Western pressure over its failure to condemn a Tel Aviv bombing." (Link.)

“Your visit is proof that this country is more important than money, that dignity is more important than dollars. Today you prove that dignity is the most important thing,” he said, addressing his visitors (mostly police and security officers).

But here's where the "dignity" bit gets ... well, "thin":

Israel laid the blame [on the recent bombing] fully on Hamas, even though the attack was claimed by its smaller rival Islamic Jihad, and revoked the residency cards of three Hamas MPs living in occupied East Jerusalem among other measures.

The Hamas MPs plan to appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court against Israel’s decision to revoke their residency rights, the Palestinian justice minister said yesterday.

Wha ...?? But I thought Hamas didn't recognize Israel! How can they account for this blatant contradiction -- Israel doesn't exist, but the Israeli Supreme Court ... does??

The good news is that despite this glaring breach of "dignity," recognition of the entire state of Israel may not be that far behind the recognition of the as yet non-recognized state's supreme court.

(h/t: Taranto.)

Posted by Hube at April 20, 2006 07:19 PM | TrackBack

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During the 1980's there were two women who were agitating for their husbands who were political prisoners: Winnie Mandela and Avital Sharansky. Winnie Mandela always had a recourse to the judicial system of South Africa; Avital Sharansky had no similar recourse in the Soviet Union.

Posted by: soccer dad at April 21, 2006 08:21 AM

Here's the thing; he's addressing his "dignity is more important than dollars" riff to police and security officers...whom the Pally government is unable to pay. These security forces are still under President Abbas' (read Fatah's) control, but Hamas is setting up a rival "security" force under the interior ministry's control, which will consist of militants loyal to Hamas and be headed by Jamal Abu Samhadana, the #2 most wanted by Israel. Draw your own conclusions.

Posted by: G Rex at April 21, 2006 08:58 AM

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