Among those who support the recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli construction in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria is a familiar Israeli enemy in the region: Hamas. The terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip posted to their website an article praising the U.N. Resolution, with spokesman Fawzi Barhoum calling it a “significant transformation in international positions.”
Ironically, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, following her nation’s surprising decision to abstain rather than block it via veto, slammed Hamas’ approach to terrorism against Israelis during her explanation of her abstention vote. “Yet rather than condemn these attacks, Hamas, other radical factions, and even certain members of Fatah have held up the terrorists as heroes, and used social media to incite others to follow in their murderous footsteps,” said Power in a press release at the time. Despite the Americans’ public disdain for Hamas—which they label a terror group—their decision to allow the U.N. resolution to pass has encouraged the terror group.
Meanwhile, in another example of Hamas’ invective against Israel, the Ma’an News Agency reported that the Gaza group posted a video mocking a missing and presumed dead Israeli soldier held in Hamas’ custody. Oron Shaul was captured during the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel.
The video shows a tied-up actor with Shaul’s face superimposed “celebrating” Shaul’s 23rd birthday with a cake holding three candles. The number of candles are to mark three years since his body was captured by Hamas.
The terror group has demanded that Israel release Hamas prisoners in exchange for Shaul, which Hamas has never confirmed is dead or alive.
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, January 2, 2017)