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The AP covers the inner working of Hamas and inadvertently shows the folly of recognizing Hamas as a political party instead of the terrorist group that it is. In a piece titled "How Hamas Works," the wire service explains the management process of the new Palestinian majority in Parliament. In the first two sections, titled Who Makes Decisions and Supreme Leader, the AP reviews the Hamas by-laws and their command structure.
It's the third section that grabs the reader's attention:
WHO DIRECTS ATTACKS:
The general guidelines and policy on attacks are first approved by the political leadership, but the military wings then have autonomy in carrying them out. The overall commander of Hamas forces in the West Bank and Gaza is Mohammed Deif. Subordinate to him are district and local commanders. Hamas units are organized into cells with a maximum of seven members. That, and the fact that local commanders have the authority to decide when and how to launch attacks, are meant to reduce the chances of security leaks, which might enable the Israelis to stop an operation.
The Hamas by-laws control the direction of attacks? Is that something one sees in the Democratic or Republican by-laws as well?
Perhaps when Hamas wants to get serious consideration as a political party, they'll at least have the good sense to remove the regulations for conducting terrorist attacks from their charter.Sphere It View blog reactions
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