Two terrorist organizations have recently stepped into the media limelight : Hamas and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which now calls itself simply Islamic State.
The two share many ideals and stand on similar platforms. Both employ violence. Both believe in religiously motivated genocide.
The video of the execution-style murder of a photojournalist James Foley posted by the Islamic State stated its goal is to establish an Islamic caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.
Similarly the charter of the Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas] states that it
” aspires to the realization of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. … ‘The day of judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jews will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say ‘O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
This is as much as a call for genocide as the Islamic State’s systematic killing off of the Yazidi people.
So how, asks the thinking world, can Israel repeatedly return to cease fire after cease fire with Hamas?