Two days ago I wrote a blog in which I said there are some similarities between Hamas and ISIS, but there are greater number of differences between them. I
then listed the major differences to back my argument which concluded by saying that saying Hamas = ISIS is inaccurate.
And then it started. I was accused of all sorts of things, such as suffering from “Stockholm Syndrome”, “looking at the nice part of the enemy (I.e Hamas), or that I want “Hamas to be treated differently”.
Have you guys read anything I have written in the past? To me Hamas has always been a terrorist organization. Saying it is not the same as ISIS does not mean that I have decided to think of Hamas as a bunch of tree hugging hippies.
Would you be happier if I just switched my brain off and agreed with everything that the government of Israel tells me?
Then whats the point of studying? Whats the point of thinking for yourself? Isn’t democracy meant to create a market place of ideas?
Such inaccurate comparisons also hurt Israel.
When the leader of a country makes inaccurate comparisons, it hurts the credibility of the country and its legitimate concerns, in this case the fight against Hamas. Its important that our leaders don’t play fast and loose with the facts. Netanyahu has done this on other occasions as well, like when he said that in Iran they say “Death to Jews” and that Iran is the new Nazi regime.If we lose our credibility, our enemies win. And this is just one more reason why we have to be honest and exact in our comparisons.
So calm down, and please don’t accuse me of things I did not mean or say.