RCA Congratulates President Bush for his State of the Union Comments on Hamas Election Victory
Feb 14, 2006
The Rabbinical Council of America applauds the position taken by
President Bush in his State of the Union Address regarding the terrorist
group Hamas and the results of the recent Palestinian elections.
Hamas has been responsible for the murders and maimings of thousands of
men, women and children. It has fostered among its followers a culture
of death, soliciting and training suicide bombers, planning terrorist
attacks, and glorifying the taking of human life. While it has focused
its primary venom on the State of Israel, pledging itself to Israel?s
destruction, it has also planned attacks that killed American citizens,
and stands unabashedly opposed to the democracy and liberties that form
the bedrock of our society. The international community has taken note
of the implacable nature of Hamas?s hatred, and both the U.S. and the
European Union have branded it a terrorist organization.
President Bush reaffirmed the United States? position in his State of
the Union Address, demanding that ?the leaders of Hamas must recognize
Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace.? We
salute the President for his firm, forthright, and wise words.
We urge that the President?s statement be followed up with actions, and
that American aid meant to promote the cause of peace never be allowed
to fall into the hands of the terrorists of Hamas, directly or
indirectly. We must apply the lesson learned from the ?Oil for Food?
fiasco in Iraq, that even humanitarian aid sent to a brutal regime will
be turned into the means of perpetrating terror and lining the pockets
of terrorists. We further urge that strong measures be taken to isolate
and ostracize Hamas until it complies with the requirements laid out by
the President. Its compliance must be measured by action and action
alone, and not by a mere moderation of rhetoric.
We note with alarm the landslide nature of the Hamas victory, which
cannot be rationalized away simply as a vote against the corruption of
the Palestinian Authority. It is a tragic indication that the lionizing
of suicide murderers as martyrs and an educational system that
inculcates hatred of Jews and of Israel have produced a society in which
a platform of politicide and the vilest anti-Semitism does not
disqualify a political party and even enhances its appeal.
Only if Hamas truly and openly recognizes Israel, disarms, rejects
terrorism, and works for lasting peace, can it, and the people it
represents, be admitted into the community of civilized society.