The Rise of Hamas and ‘Death to the Jews’

The Islamist frenzy that is currently sweeping the Arab world has seen Hamas rise to become a legitimate and recognized player in the Palestinian and international arena.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh last week began a tour of a number of Arab and Islamic countries, where he has so far been received as a hero and with chants of “Death to Jews!”

In the countries that he has visited so far — Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia — Haniyeh was received as the “Palestinian Prime Minister.” The leaders of these three countries went out of their way to treat Haniyeh as if he were a legendary Muslim warrior who has declared jihad [holy war] on the infidels.

The Hamas prime minister, whose movement seized control over the Gaza Strip in a violent coup in 2007, was also invited to deliver sermons and speeches to thousands of supporters in the three countries....

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