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First fruits of PA-Hamas unity

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No sooner does Hamas ink a unity agreement with the Palestinian Authority than the new entity kidnaps Israeli teens.

Right. Only the technocrats are running the Palestinian Authority-Hamas unity government. The US bought into this charade, hook, line and sinker. Now, Secretary of State John Kerry eats crow, blaming Hamas for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Not soldiers. Not adults. Not armed. Just hitchhikers. Ages 16, 16, and 19. That’s the quarry of Hamas.

Wrong. This isn’t the doing of Hamas. There’s a unity government now. Hamas is the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Authority is Hamas. Unity. One entity. One government. That supposedly wonderful development was welcomed by the Obama administration because, after all, only technocrats were sitting in the government — because, you see, a tiger can change its stripes.

We never cease to marvel at the naivete of leaders, politicians, academics and others in the West who just don’t get it that those Arabs and Muslims who hate Israel carry their animus so deeply that it is beyond redemption.

We never cease to marvel at the naivete of those in the West who know that Muslims in Pakistan behead the likes of journalist Daniel Pearl, who know that Muslims in Nigeria kidnap hundreds of innocent girls, who know that Palestinian Muslims cut the throats of Jewish parents and children asleep on the Sabbath, who know that Sunni Muslims in Iraq line up Shiite Muslims to shoot them in the head — who know that in the eyes of some Muslims it is supremely praiseworthy to kill and slaughter — and still think that the customary psychological, diplomatic and political means will effectuate peace between the hated and the haters.

Do not look for much more appetite among Israelis for swapping Palestinian terrorists for these kidnappers, if they are ever found. It hasn’t worked. Give away 1,000 terrorists for kidnapped Israeli Gilad Shalit — and the terrorists just come back again. Why shouldn’t they? Their bad behavior is amply rewarded.

It quickly fell off the radar screen of Israeli media that the three Israeli teens were “settlers.” As if that fact, even on the most negative possible reading of the Israeli political map, could justify the kidnapping.

All this said, we find it morally reprehensible, not to mention strategically counterproductive, to suggest that a Palestinian be hung once an hour until the Israeli boys are returned.

The infinitely more appropriate outlet for the extreme frustration over this kidnapping is (a) prayer; (b) eliminating the policy of trading murderers for captives; (c) stationing IDF soldiers at hitchhiking stops; (d)suppressing incitement — read, anti-Semitism — in Palestinian media and classrooms; (e) intensifying Jewish values in Israel — the hanging of innocents is not the way to respond to the kidnapping of innocents.

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