If Hamas Were A Multinational Corporation?

If Hamas were a multinational corporation with 42 offices, more than 30 board members, 15,000 employees and extensive manufacturing, marketing and media relations divisions, would the world’s left wing occupy everything lunatics start to hate them (more)?

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Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian's interests include electric cars, world peace and an end to world hunger. Besides blogging here, Brian of London now writes at the Times of Israel. Brian of London also hosted Shire Network News

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  • Michael

    The leftists don’t hate Hamas now, so you can easily drop the word “more”.

  • Jim from Iowa

    I’ve already started to hear from some in Israel that they think Pillar of Defense was an utter failure because it didn’t sufficiently degrade Hamas enough to prevent future rocket attacks. I don’t see it that way. Iron Dome worked remarkably well. The IAF performed spectacularly well targeting and taking out several Hamas military targets. Netanyahu provided clear and steady political leadership in this crisis and looked again like a valued friend to America. Some of his political rivals looked like frustrated, uninformed, clueless ideologues who you would never want to entrust with political leadership of a country. All in all, not bad, Israel, not bad.

    • Inessa

      You can see how “some in Israel” would be utterly frustrated. They are not blood thirsty or vengeful, but they do cherish the idea of living in peace and a semblence of normalcy, as every Israeli spokesperson has been banging evryone over the head with, and message still not coming through. Iron Dome worked well to save lives (although this was perversely used by much of the media, and the prime minister of Turkey to roll out the “disproportionate response” and “Israel is the aggressor as not enough Israelis are dying”.) However, it did not work to stop spreading terror. Israelis could not go to work, or school. They were running to shelters several times a day and night. This too was televised and celebrated in Gaza. Striking terror en masse in Israel is not as good as murdering them, to Hamas, but it comes a close second. In this they succeeded. You can see how Israelis would be weary and not enamoured with the idea of sitting around and waiting for this to start again, and would rather brace themselves for more attacks, but at least know that the IDF has significantly destroyed Hamas terror capabilities.

      • Jim from Iowa

        You know how to destroy Hamas, Inessa? By propping up Hamas’ hated enemy Fatah and accepting a Palestinian state in the West Bank. In demonstrating that the way to get ahead if you’re a Palestinian is to make peace with Israelis. Those in the West Bank will live in peace and comparative prosperity and those in Gaza, including Hamas, will know they need to take the same approach to attain the same outcome.

        • Inessa

          They have rejected a state in West Bank only. They have also rejected any proposals to get anything less than what they demand. The idea of pulling out of Gaza was to see how that goes, and then to do the same in West Bank. At the time, Israel left, and gave the keys to Fatah/ PLO. Only it didn’t turn out that way. If you’re right, that would be nice. The problem is, that if you’re wrong, we could be having this discussion posthumously (for Israel). Imagine if what happened in Gaza, after the withdrawal, would happen in West Bank? Do we know how much the population supports Fatah? After all, they are also punishing Palestinians for any “normalisation of relations with Israel”. To take the risk and rely on the idea that they would behave like rational, sensible people, ignore the murder of the Fogel family, ignore the cheers for rockets falling into Israel would be optimistic, but it could also be suicidal.

        • mzk1

          Wow! A fellow neo-conservative!

          It’s hard to trust the News, but people in the South are very frustrated. (In how many countries will the civilians in the line of fire protest against a cease fire? Similarly, people in the North insiste dIsrael take the Golan in 1969, as they were tired of being shelled.)

          I do understand why he took it. The army here is kind of like the Revolutionary militia. We are talking about programmers, business owners, etc. who were called away from their jobs. And the army pays their regular salary,not military pay. Since we may not finish the job, this will happen regularly, and there is onnly so much strain te economy and the gov’t budget can take.

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          • Inessa

            I have never thought of myself as neo conservative, I just like to call it as I see it. I think it would be naive, idiotic even, to move forward without learning from the past. Also, I just find it hypocritical to be outside of Israel, theorizing about the best plan of action, without asking the people most affected. Maybe compared to Hamas, the West Bank crowd seem like a reasonable, sensible people. The point is whether the Israelis in Ma’ale Adumim agree to live that close.

            • mzk1

              I was referring to Jim.

    • ziontruth

      Thank you, Jim, for your usual worthless opinion, your customary stream of clichés that only serves to rub salt on the wounds of those Israeli Jews who see the reality for what it is. Thank you for the unreality of thinking Israel’s enemies are gentlemen who can be negotiated with rather than genocidal savages, and for the perversity of regarding those savages as less of a danger to Israel than the land-faithful Israeli Jewish Right.

      You know, you gotta see the good in everything, and the good thing about Jim’s posts is that he’s made it clear, very clear to me what Israel’s biggest problem is: Pragmatists shrinking away from true solutions just because they’d be an obstacle to gaining the praise of the world—the same world, let me remind you, that thinks more than 100 rockets on a civilian population is nothing to shout about, but a Jew building a toilet in Judea and Samaria is a crime against humanity that needs a global coalition to address. If Jim has praised Netanyahu here, this is only because Israel’s weakling PM has once again gone the Ulpana course of fearing world opinion and American diktats. In exchange for this, our enemies all around—Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and soon to be in Syria—have gotten the message that they can always get Israel to stop retaliating just by working world opinion to their advantage with gruesome pictures of their own causation. Israel to be perceived as weak by all genocidal Islamic imperialist actors surrounding her—way to go, Bibi!

      But Bibi is the easy part. He’ll get his reward on January 22, which will see the Right-talking but Left-acting Likkud lose humongous ground to the parties Jim hates. The trouble is that Jim’s line of thinking is extant in Israel’s MSM and political echelons. I can’t, of course, change all that by myself, but everyone must do his part, and my part is that I’m no longer tolerant of pragmatism. In other words: I regard Jim’s line of thinking as illegitimate, and if I could I’d do everything to get it banned. Yes, “Free speech,” yada yada. No, I’m no longer for free speech either, seeing how the media in the U.S.A. has used it to bring the flagship state of liberty down to Marxist rule, and worldwide the media uses it as cover to defame the Jewish State. Free speech, like humanism, is a luxury a state under constant, immoral threats like mine cannot afford.

      This isn’t my blog, so I can’t control who says what. I’d better find a little time to start my own. I’m fed up and I’m leaving, but don’t blame Jim for that, he’s just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Even reading Israellycool without the comments gets my goat, the way the posts take the old, tired, ineffective line of showing how good and humane Israel and the Jews are, and trotting out celebrities for Israel, and all that stuff that’s as good as cupping-glasses to a dead man when confronted with a world that believes Israel’s very being is a wrong, not her particular actions. OK, I don’t tell people how to run their websites; I left CiFWatch with no hard feelings and no prior pressure so as not to make trouble for Levick, so I’d better do the same here before I blow a verbal gasket like Walt Kovacs (no, the fault doesn’t lie with Walt Kovacs).

      Have your sane, pragmatic fun, Jim. I’ll go on my way offering politically incorrect but practical solutions to Israel’s predicament without disturbance from the likes of you. Ideas as to how Israel is going to break free of its thrall to the busybodies of the world, including America. And take your aid money with you—”Live Free or Die,” as the motto goes. Better you take care of your own house, seeing as the grace period of 40 years (Psalm 95:10) since Roe v. Wade is about to end; the Middle East is the least of America’s problems.

      • Jim from Iowa

        I don’t post here to poke you or anyone else with a pointed stick for my amusement. I say what I really think in a reasonably straightforward way (but if someone mentions Hugh Jackman, I can lose my train of thought quite easily). I am very glad you live in a democratic country where you can freely express your opinions. And I’m doubly glad that we both can come to this great site and trade our respective views under the watchful but quite tolerant eye of one Mr. Aussie Dave. I’m not sure what would happen to your comments if you were to trash the whole Star Wars franchise, but I’m not going to be the first.

      • http://www.israellycool.com/ Aussie Dave

        Your call Ziontruth, but with all due respect, this blog does a hell of a lot more than “taking an old, tired, ineffective line.” We are influencing hearts and minds, and it is your choice not to be part of that.

      • Inessa

        You’re like that guy at the party that keeps saying things many are thinking but would never say out loud. You try to smile and indicate that he must have had one too many, but privately you know he hasn’t been drinking. That’s not an insult. I often admire that guy, and agree with some of his thoughts. Problem is, when he drinks, he becomes a mean drunk. Even if you agree with him on most of his points, he shouts you down if you disagree even once.
        You don’t tolerate pragmatism – how about differing opinions in your own country? You know the old joke when the prime minister of Israel answers the US president “you think you’ve got problems, Mr president. You may be the president of 40 million people, but I am the prime minister of 6 million prime ministers”.
        Push the Palestenians back, then throw out the media, then the Israeli Arabs, then those not Jewish by Halacha, then anyone else who disagrees. I don’t see it working out……..

    • http://www.yahoo.com Honorary

      Me too. I did not like the “truce” because I knew that the Hamas knew that they are doom, they just want some times off to get more rockets from Iran or other Muslim Brotherhood.
      I did send my note to Mr. Nathanyahu to tell Hillary clinton that:

      Israel not need to sign “truce” but only Hamas to surrender! or we will use the tank and wipe off the whole useless garbages in Gaza.

      At first I was mad, but then, the lefts, the wrongs and other Arabs are screaming – and to help to save face for Mrs. Clinton – so Mr. Nathanyahu had his tied. Mrs. Clinton may told Mr. Nathanyahu to help her so she will get the Nobel Peace prize as a “peace” talker and her future at the White House in 2016.

  • F Callen

    As long as Hamas are a not-for-profit organisation, that uses western capital to reverse the processes of industrialisation and human procreation, then the left should have no problem with it.

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