Lest we forget, before there was Hamas, the Palestinians had another resistance organization, which Israel always insisted were evil terrorists they would destroy completely and never negotiate with – yes, the PLO, the sad remnants of which are now called Fatah and are to the Israeli occupation what the Vichy government in France was to the German occupation. Israel was so adamant in its wish to destroy this – secular – organization that it funded a religious organization to counter them and divide the Palestinians. This organization was called… Hamas: ‘Israel “aided Hamas directly — the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),” said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies. Israel’s support for Hamas “was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,” said a former senior CIA official. According to documents United Press International obtained from the Israel-based Institute for Counter Terrorism, Hamas evolved from cells of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928. Islamic movements in Israel and Palestine were “weak and dormant” until after the 1967 Six Day War in which Israel scored a stunning victory over its Arab enemies.’ Well they got what they wanted, didn’t they? They should stop complaining.
The article from which this excerpt is taken also contains some quotes of a US state dept. official on Israel’s strategies which would be smart and funny, were it not for the fact that they clearly show the Americans have not learned a thing from studying the Israeli mistakes: ‘According to former State Department counter-terrorism official Larry Johnson, “the Israelis are their own worst enemies when it comes to fighting terrorism. The Israelis are like a guy who sets fire to his hair and then tries to put it out by hitting it with a hammer. They do more to incite and sustain terrorism than curb it,” he said.