posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 01:05 AM
Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor's bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile's trajectory
back to an "enormous, stupid mistake" made 30 years ago.
"Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel's creation," says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible
for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then
morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel's destruction.
In its recent war in Gaza, Israel didn't set the destruction of Hamas as its goal. It limited its stated objectives to halting the Islamists' rocket
fire and battering their overall military capacity. At the start of the Israeli operation in December, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told parliament
that the goal was "to deal Hamas a severe blow, a blow that will cause it to stop its hostile actions from Gaza at Israeli citizens and
Walking back to his house from the rubble of his neighbor's home, Mr. Cohen, the former religious affairs official in Gaza, curses Hamas and also
what he sees as missteps that allowed Islamists to put down deep roots in Gaza.
He recalls a 1970s meeting with a traditional Islamic cleric who wanted Israel to stop cooperating with the Muslim Brotherhood followers of Sheikh
Yassin: "He told me: 'You are going to have big regrets in 20 or 30 years.' He was right."
This makes me wonder: Just how much of the world around me that looks like happenstance and coincidence is actually 'designed' by 'the powers that
be' and all of this is just part of someones gameplan..?