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April 25, 2007

Haniya, The Moderate

Haniya, a "moderate," poses in front of an image of slain Hamas leader Sheikh Yassin, who himself personally authorized suicide bombings

Many of the media have cast Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as "moderate" despite evidence to the contrary, but the International Herald Tribune sinks to a new low today in its characterization of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya. Jerusalem correspondent Isabel Kershner writes:

Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and other moderate political figures from Hamas who participate in the Palestinian unity government said they were making efforts to preserve the cease-fire. . . .

Remember, this is the head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an organization listed as terrorist by the United States, Israel and the European Union. This is the same Haniya who declared Dec. 8, 2006 in Tehran: "We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem."

The New York Times' version of this article wasn't much better. It reads:

But more moderate members of Hamas in the Palestinian unity government, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, said they were making efforts to preserve the cease-fire.

If Haniya is a Hamas moderate, I'd hate to meet the Hamas extremists.

Posted by TS at April 25, 2007 05:10 AM


Well compared to the Iranians, Haniya IS a moderate. Why? Iran wants to wipe Israel of the map, presumably with nuclear warheads, thus making Israel uninhabitable due to the radioactivity. Haniya, more realistic, merely wants to kill all the Jews and take control of the vacated country. Sounds like a moderate to me... :0

Posted by: ben at April 25, 2007 04:41 PM

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