Only the Facts: A Look at the Hamas-Israeli Conflict, Part 2

If you have not read Part 1 of this article, I would encourage you to read Part 1.

It has been almost 3 months since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7th. What started out as an attack by Hamas on civilians – involving the murder, rape, and mutilation of some 1400 civilians in Israel before taking over 200 hostages (women, elderly, and small children) – turned into large protests, calling for freedom of Palestinian people and even for support of Hamas as well as a rise in antisemitism across the world and in universities particularly.

In this blog post, we will ask more questions in our quest to increase our understanding of these recent events.

Q1 – What do we know about the instructions given to terrorists before they attacked? Surely these violent attacks were a smoke screen created by the Israeli Defense?

Israeli security agencies published video footage Monday from the apparent interrogations of seven Hamas terrorists who were captured following the Palestinian terror group’s October 7 onslaught, in which they admitted they had been ordered to carry out atrocities against Israeli civilians.

In one video released by the Israel Defense Forces, a person whose face is blurred said that gunmen were given instructions to kill everyone they saw, including beheading victims and cutting off their legs.

“The plan was to go from home to home, from room to room, to throw grenades and kill everyone, including women and children,” he said. “Hamas ordered us to crush their heads and cut them off, [and] to cut their legs.” [Kill, behead, rape: Interrogated Hamas members detailed atrocities against civilians, Times of Israel, 10.24.23]

Anyone who followed stories about beheadings by ISIS several years ago knows that violence towards civilians by Hamas is not a new strategy by “modern day” Islamic terrorists. The horrors from videos and articles are so widespread, that for anyone to support HAMAS without questioning their brutal actions is extremely unsettling.  

Q2What does “from the river to the sea” mean protestors who flooded the streets of London in support of “freeing the Palestinian people” and “their land”?

“We won’t rest until we have justice, until all people, Israelis and Palestinians, between the river and the sea can live in peaceful liberty,” said Andy McDonald, a Labour MP, at a protest in London organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. [‘From the river to the sea’: where does the slogan come from and what does it mean? The Guardian, Oct 31 ‘23]

Following the long held two-state solution created by world leaders over 3 decades ago, Mr. McDonald continues to miss the point that Hamas and most people living in Gaza, “the Palestinians”, do not want “peaceful liberty” or a nation of Israel.

 In 1966, the Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad, the father of the country’s current dictator, said: “We shall only accept war and the restoration of the usurped land … to oust you, aggressors, and throw you into the sea for good.” [same Guardian article]

And as the article continued, we can see, whether Hamas or the British home secretary, there are many today who understand this statement, ‘from the river to the sea’ in no way implies a move toward the “two state solution” that world leaders, or globalists, continue to push. 

Hamas, whose gunmen killed 1,400 people on 7 October, claim the slogan in their rejection of Israel.

“Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,” says the organization’s 2017 constitution.

The home secretary, Suella Braverman, tweeted after recent UK protests – in which thousands chanted “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – that the slogan was “widely understood as a demand for the destruction of Israel”. She added: “Attempts to pretend otherwise are disingenuous.” [same Guardian article]

Even the Arabs in Palestine do not accept the two-state solution and were in support of violence by Hamas against Israelis before Oct. 7.

The most recent PSR (Palestinian Center for Policy for Survey Research) poll, published last month (Sept.  ’23), showed that if new presidential elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would win 58% of the vote, while Mahmoud Abbas would only receive 37%. Hamas’ “armed struggles” (terrorism) against Israel was supported by 58% of the Palestinian public…

This means that a majority of Palestinians share Hamas’ desire to eliminate Israel as expressed in the terror group’s 1988 charter. The poll also showed that 71% of the Palestinians support the formation of armed groups to murder Israelis. [Who Says that Hamas Does Not Represent the Palestinians, Gatestone Institute; International Policy Council, Oct 23 ‘23]    

Q3 But surely the Jews should be willing to give up control of Gaza again to the Palestinian people who do not accept a two-state solution?

Unfortunately, the October 7 massacre proved beyond a doubt that both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority actually mean it when they say that they want to annihilate Israel. According to a November 14 poll by the Arab World for Research and Development, 75% of the Palestinians polled support the October 7 massacre and 74.7% support the creation of a single Palestinian state “from the river to the sea”… This is what the Biden administration wants to reward with a Palestinian state? [Does Biden Want Israel to Lose the War?, Gatestone Institute International Policy Council, Dec 22 ‘23]


Amar Tsarfati is an Israeli. He has a You Tube Channel called Behold Israel. He has made videos about the war called Special Middle East Update: The War In Israel. I am linking the one from Nov 1 ’23.  Because he is a native-born Israeli, and he has presented much information I have not found elsewhere, I am sharing this with you.

According to Tsarfati, 16 countries have agreed to take in Ukrainian refugees. 0 (zero) Arab countries have agreed to take in any Palestinians refugees. If there were more than 108.4 million refugees (forcibly displaced) around the world at the end of 2022, why does the UN and world leaders focus so much attention on the Arabs living in what was formerly called “Palestine”? Why have other Arab Muslim nations not opened the door to the Palestinian Arabs? If the historical record clearly shows that the Jews were in the land of Palestine before 1948 in large numbers, why is there no mention of the “Palestinian Jews” by the mainstream media when covering this area?

(This grid was prepared for a writing I released in 2009, Jerusalem: City at the Crossroads of History. It can be found at my old, archived website, Scroll to the bottom. It is a short book with 182 references.)

In my next post, we will investigate history, some modern and some going back centuries, seeking to ask more questions and consider where this story is taking not only the middle east, but the entire world. While this topic is very sobering, I find hope in articles like the one below. Is it possible that two women – an Iranian Jew and an Iranian Persian – could bring us hope and courage? Read on. Back soon. Comments welcomed.

Iranians and Evangelicals Support Israel, One for Israel

One thought on “Only the Facts: A Look at the Hamas-Israeli Conflict, Part 2

  1. John V. Jones, Jr.

    Excellent Article, Doug. Unfortunately, since the 1967 war and the Israeli-Jordan war, people know little if any of the history of the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians.


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