Hamas is a militant anti-¬peace process organization bent on Israel’s total destruction and the establishment of a Palestinian State, an Islamic theocracy, in Israel’s place. It is said that their goal is to remove Israel from the map. Hamas uses both political activities and violence to pursue this goal.
The movement provides welfare and social services to the Palestinian poor. And Hamas has been responsible for the majority of terrorist attacks against Israel since the signing of the Declaration of Principles in 1993. Since its founding in 1987, the Palestinian organization Hamas, or the Islamic Resistance Movement, has stood firm in its opposition to Israel. There have been years of suicide bombings against Israel, it led the West to consider Hamas a terrorist organization.
The hostility between the Arabs and the Jews goes all the way back to Abraham. The Jews are descendants of Abraham’s son Isaac. The Arabs are descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael. With Ishmael being the son of a slave woman (Genesis 16:1-16) and Isaac being the promised son who would inherit the promises to Abraham (Genesis 21:1-3), obviously there would be some animosity between the two sons. As a result of Ishmael mocking Isaac (Genesis 21:9), Sarah talked Abraham into sending Hagar and Ishmael away (Genesis 21:11-21). Likely this caused even more contempt in Ishmael’s heart towards Isaac. An angel even prophesied to Hagar that Ishmael would “live in hostility toward all his brothers” (Genesis 16:11-12).
From that beginning, Jews and Arabs have always been in hostility with one another for almost 4000 years. Jews and Arabs even fight over which son of Abraham was truly the son of promise. The Old Testament says it was Isaac. The Qu’ran says it was Ishmael. The Qu’ran teaches that it was Ishmael who Abraham almost sacrificed to the Lord, not Isaac. Some Jews and Arabs today don’t even truly know why they are in hostility with each other. All they know is that they don’t like each other and that it has always been that way.
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Topic: Essay – “What Is Hamas?”
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