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Hamas’s “victory”


In the Palestinian world, when Hamas is in a military conflict with Israel, anything short of being beaten to the point of having to cry “Uncle!,” and sign an unconditional surrender, is considered a “victory.”  But to a chorus of Israel supporters, anything short of that is considered a loss.

Now, Times of Israel contributor Douglas Altabef analyzes this clash of views, and offers his take in this article (excerpt):

This has been a time for testing our resilience, rootedness and ability to process the absurd, the unconscionable and the flat out malicious in terms of what is going on around us. We are left for searching for explanations and ways to accommodate ourselves to a reality that sounds like it was scripted by Kafka or George Orwell.

One way I have always found it easier to deal with difficult situations is to reach into my treasure trove of the seemingly trivial to find analogies that put things into a more manageable context. So, in looking at the reaction of the two sides in Protective Edge, I realize that we have the bravado of Hamas’s Black Knight, confronting the handwringing of Israel’s Polish mother. Let me elaborate.

Hamas reminds me of the Black Knight in Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” movie. The menacing Black Knight fights a duel with King Arthur or one of the other Pythonians, only to have both his legs and arms cut off. Undaunted, he threatens his opponent: “I’ll bite you to death.”

That, in a single image, perfectly captures Hamas.

Read the rest here.

And for those who are unfamiliar with the scene Altabef describes, here it is, in all its Python-esque brilliance: