for any hope of peace and survival:
There are things I didn't know about Rayyan, such as that he had four wives - a fact that tells you something about the culture of Hamas - but I knew that he was sincere in his devotion to the cause of Israel's annhilation. The question I wrestle with constantly is whether Hamas is truly, theologically implacable. That is to say, whether the organization can remain true to its understanding of Islamic law and God's word and yet enter into a long-term non-aggression treaty with Israel. I tend to think not, though I've noticed over the years a certain plasticity of belief among some Hamas ideologues. Also, this is the Middle East, so anything is possible.
There was no flexibility with Rayyan. This is what he said when I asked him if he could envision a 50-year hudna (or cease-fire) with Israel: "The only reason to have a hudna is to prepare yourself for the final battle. We don't need 50 years to prepare ourselves for the final battle with Israel." There is no chance, he said, that true Islam would ever allow a Jewish state to survive in the Muslim Middle East. "Israel is an impossibility. It is an offense against God."
Pretty straightforward. They truly believe that the Jews- preferably all of them, but at least all in Israel- must be killed. Their whole belief system is based on that hate.
It also points out the uselessness of a 'truce' with these murderers; they consider a truce to be nothing but a way to gain time to better prepare to kill you.
And they like to set up ammo dumps in mosques, and use hospitals to hide in, and set up missile launchers in neighborhoods full of kids, and put people on the roof a a building they know is about to be bombed because a bunch of dead palistinians, especially kids, is almost better than dead Jews; the dead pali kids well get lots of air time and condemnation of Israel.
Wonderful people, whose word can be trusted, wouldn't you say?