Without meaning to justify or support Hamas in any way I think it worth recalling that the state of Israel, that so despises "terrorism" was itself born from terrorism.
I think people should do some research of groups such as Irgun and the Lehi
Yitzhak Shamir, _ Prime Minister Of Israel 1983-1984 1986-1992, one of the three leaders of Lehi after Yair Stern's assassination, argued for the legitimacy of Lehi's actions:
There are those who say that to kill [Clifford] Martin [a British intelligence corps sergeant] is terrorism, but to attack an army camp is guerrilla warfare and to bomb civilians is professional warfare. But I think it is the same from the moral point of view. Is it better to drop an atomic bomb on a city than to kill a handful of persons? I don’t think so. But nobody says that President Truman was a terrorist. All the men we went for individually — Wilkin, Martin, MacMichael and others — were personally interested in succeeding in the fight against us.
So it was more efficient and more moral to go for selected targets. In any case, it was the only way we could operate, because we were so small. For us it was not a question of the professional honor of a soldier, it was the question of an idea, an aim that had to be achieved. We were aiming at a political goal. There are many examples of what we did to be found in the Bible — Gideon and Samson, for instance. This had an influence on our thinking. And we also learned from the history of other peoples who fought for their freedom — the Russian and Irish revolutionaries, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Josip Broz Tito.
It is also worth pointing out that the Lehi aligned themselves with Hitlers Nazis seeing them as "preferable" to the British
Now I am sure that many can argue in favour of the actions ( terrorist killing of men women and children) by the groups but the point is that they contributed to the frormation of the state of israel with many active members going on the positions of prominence ( including prime minister)
Thus by their vary nature and history and the fact that Israel does not condemn them Israel is in fact sanctioning the use of terrorist acts by Hamas.
If Israel condemns Hamas, or for that matter any "terrorist" organisation then it must condemn Irgun and Lehi
Prominent members of Lehi
Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli prime minister 1983-1984 and 1986-1992.
Natan Yellin-Mor, member of the Knesset 1949-1951], leftist advocate of peace with Arabs.
Israel Eldad, leader in the Israeli national camp
Geula Cohen, member of the Knesset
Amos Keinan, writer
Prominent memebers of Irgun
Meridor, Yaakov – Fifth Commander in Chief (1913-1995); Likud member of the 10th Knesset.
Begin, Menahem – The Last Commander in Chief (1913-1992); first Likud Prime Minister of Israel.
Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli prime minister joined the Irgun in 1937; joined the Stern faction in 1940; commander of the Lehi after Stern's assassination.
and for those that argue that Israel was in fact "born" when Moses led the Jews out of Egypt i would remind them that Moses killed the Jews ( men women and children) who opposed him and his "troops" took the "promised land " by force, again killing men women and children who stood in their way. - according to the Bible .....
And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp; and Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle; and Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord. Now, therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known a man by lying with him; but all the women-children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
"And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, 'Take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.'"
"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
"And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain."
"And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and woman: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house."
Please don't get me wrong I am not anti Jewish or pro Islam. I just think these things need to be born in mind when people point accusing fingers at the actions of one group while ignoring the actions of others
Yes Moses and the Irgun were a long time ago..but does Israel condemn them ?
Selected Irgun, Haganah and Lehi attacks
Main articles: List of Irgun attacks during the 1930s and Killings and massacres during the 1948 Palestine War
- June 30, 1924. According to Israeli journalists Shlomo Nakdimon and Shaul Mayzlish, Dutch Jew Jacob Israël de Haan was assassinated by Avraham Tehomi on the orders of Haganah leader Yitzhak Ben-Zvi for his anti-Zionist political activities and contacts with Arab leaders.
- 1937–1939 The Irgun conducted a campaign of violence against Palestinian Arab civilians resulting in the deaths of at least 250.
- July 15, 1938*, a bomb left in the vegetable market in Jerusalem by the Irgun injured 28
- July 25, 1938* the Irgun threw a bomb into the melon market in Haifa resulting in 49 deaths
- November 6, 1944 Lehi assassinated British minister Lord Moyne in Cairo. The action is condemned by the Yishuv at the time, but the bodies of the assassins are brought home from Egypt in 1975 to a state funeral and burial on Mount Herzl.
- 1944–1945 The killings of several suspected collaborators with the Haganah and the British mandate government during the Hunting Season.
- July 26, 1946 The bombing of British administrative headquarters at the King David Hotel, killing 91 people — 28 British, 41 Arab, 17 Jewish, and 5 others. Around 45 people were injured.
- 1946 Railways and British military airfields were attacked several times.
- October 31, 1946 The bombing by the Irgun of the British Embassy in Rome. Nearly half the building was destroyed and 3 people were injured.
- April1947* an Irgun bomb placed at the Colonial Office in London failed to detonate.
- July 25, 1947 The Sergeants affair: When death sentences were passed on two Irgun members, the Irgun kidnapped Sgt. Clifford Martin and Sgt. Mervyn Paice and threatened to kill them in retaliation if the sentences were carried out. When the threat was ignored, the hostages were killed. Afterwards, their bodies were taken to an orange grove and left hanging by the neck from trees. An Improvised Explosive Device was set. This went off when one of the bodies was cut down, seriously wounding a British officer.
- December 1947 – March 1948 Numerous attacks on Palestinian Arabs in the context of Civil War after the vote of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine
- January 5–6, 1948 The Semiramis Hotel bombing, carried out by the Haganah (or, according to some sources, Irgun) resulted in the deaths of 24 to 26 people
- April 1948 the Deir Yassin massacre carried out by the Irgun and Lehi, killed between 107 and 120 Palestinian villagers, the estimate generally accepted by scholars.
- September 17, 1948, Lehi assassination of the United Nations mediator Count Bernadotte, negotiator of the release of about 31,000 prisoners including thousands of Jews from German concentration camps during World War II, whom Lehi accused of a pro-Arab stance during the cease-fire negotiations.