For decades Hamas has been engaged in a battle with Israel over territory and Israel’s very existence. This battle has included suicide attacks on Israelis, two intifadas against the state of Israel, and more recently, rocket attacks targeting Israel’s major cities. However, Hamas has never launched any attacks against Americans or the United States. This is especially surprising given America’s unique and strong support for Israel.
Today’s puzzle is this: Why has Hamas never directed its attacks against the United States, Israel’s closest ally?
Answer to last week’s puzzler:
On December 21 I asked why the Obama administration has remained silent about Egyptian President Morsi’s grab for power, a silence that seems to almost condone the move towards dictatorship.
My answer is this: Now that Egypt has become more democratic, the Obama administration must consider that more radical Islamists could be voted into office. Morsi heads an Islamic party — the Muslim Brotherhood — but it is not nearly as radical as the Salafi parties that are his closest competitors. If Egypt were to become more democratic over time (rather than less, as Morsi is attempting to do), there is a good chance that one of these parties would eventually come to power. That is something the Obama administration definitely doesn’t want, and that is why Morsi’s move was not unwelcome. Morsi’s undemocratic tendencies ensured that a more radical anti-American party would have little chance to come to power, and ensured that Morsi would continue to be dependent on US aid for its survival. In essence, it is a move that it taking Egypt and the United States back to their comfortable pre-Arab-spring relationships, albeit with a slightly more democratic and benevolent leader.