posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 11:29 AM
Hamas is planning to establish a military academy in the Gaza Strip for training and educating schoolchildren. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail
Haniyeh announced Thursday that the new military academy, the first of its kind in the Gaza Strip, would prepare the children for the "phase of
He said that children in grades 7-9 could join the academy and graduate with a Diploma or Bachelor of Arts in military affairs.
Haniyeh was speaking during a ceremony in the Gaza Strip marking the birth of Prophet Mohamed. More than 10,000 schoolchildren attended the ceremony,
which included a "military parade" by some of the teenagers.
He said that he has instructed the Hamas-run Ministry of Education to lay plans for the establishment of the military academy.
Haniyeh said that the new academy would educate and prepare children for the establishment of a Palestinian state "from the river to the sea."
The decision to establish a military academy follows Hamas's announcement that it would create its own "Defense Ministry" in the Gaza Strip.
The announcement was made shortly after the IDF's Pillars of Defense Operation in the Gaza Strip last November.
My visceral response? Jesus Christ! "From the sea to the river". If this world weren't so based on amoral categories, the normal response to this
would be eliminate Hamas.
But as political scientists are prone to say nowadays, Hamas is a "political reality" that Israel has to live with. Obviously, any cooperation with
Hamas would only hurt Israel; at the same time, since the entire Islamic world is psychotically unreasonable with regard to Israel's existence as a
Jewish state, policy makers have to walk a tight rope, between supporting an autonomous Jewish state and maintaining good or serviceable relations
with Muslim countries.
But still, to return to my visceral response. This is just unreasonable. And I think this may presage what non-Muslim countries can expect from an
ascendant Islamist middle east 20 years from now. Europe especially.
edit on 24-1-2013 by dontreally because: (no reason given)