Having studied the Quran all through his youth, Obama knows what the 10 year hudna rule is, and understands what Hamas is suggesting. The fact that he is covering for them, spreading the taqiyya and abetting jihad, is very worrisome for our free nation.
Here is yet another example of how Western analysts miss the significance of what Islamic leaders are saying because they don't know Islamic doctrine and don't understand how important it is to the jihadists. The very fact that the leader of Hamas is offering a ten-year truce indicates that he hasn't changed a bit, and will never accept the existence of Israel. He will only use such a truce, if it is concluded, to work toward the total destruction of Israel.
"If Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary, for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made a truce with the Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud" ('Umdat al-Salik, o9.16).
Note that this can only be done if "Muslims are weak," so that they can gather strength to fight again -- not so that they can live peacefully with non-Muslims indefinitely. The same legal manual also quotes this verse of the Qur'an: "So do not be fainthearted and call for peace, when it is you who are the uppermost" (47:35). So Hamas would not be calling for a truce at all if it felt it was in a position of strength. "Interests that justify making a truce are such things as Muslim weakness because of lack of numbers or materiel, or the hope of an enemy becoming Muslim . . ." ('Umdat al-Salik, o9.16).
The bottom line: Hamas is feeling the heat and wants a truce in order to regroup and emerge in a stronger position.
"Addressing U.S., Hamas Says It Grounded Rockets," by Taghreed El-Khodary and Ethan Bronner for the New York Times, May 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):
“I promise the American administration and the international community that we will be part of the solution, period,” the leader, Khaled Meshal, said during a five-hour interview with The New York Times spread over two days in his home office here in the Syrian capital.
Speaking in Arabic in a house heavily guarded by Syrian and Palestinian security agents, Mr. Meshal, 53, gave off an air of serene self-confidence, having been re-elected a fourth time to a four-year term as the leader of the Hamas political bureau, the top position in the movement. His conciliation went only so far, however. He repeated that he would not recognize Israel, saying to fellow Arab leaders, “There is only one enemy in the region, and that is Israel.”
But he urged outsiders to ignore the Hamas charter, which calls for the obliteration of Israel through jihad and cites as fact the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Mr. Meshal did not offer to revoke the charter, but said it was 20 years old, adding, “We are shaped by our experiences.” [...]
On the two-state solution sought by the Americans, he said: “We are with a state on the 1967 borders, based on a long-term truce. This includes East Jerusalem, the dismantling of settlements and the right of return of the Palestinian refugees.” Asked what “long-term” meant, he said 10 years....
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