Two Charters: Both Unfulfilled
I call your attention to two charters. One of Hamas, and one of the State of Israel. The goals of both charters have not been achieved.
The Hamas charter calls for the obliteration of the State of Israel. It sees the world as being under the thumbs of Zionists and their cronies, the Freemasons, Rotary and Lions Clubs. Jews control world banking and the media and have been behind all revolutions. The Jews started both World Wars. It quotes the Quran as stipulating killing the Jews as a religious duty.
In contrast is the Declaration of the State of Israel, which promises that: "it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations."
The goals of both charters have not been realized. Israel, while a vibrant democracy, has not reached the ambitious ideal of complete equality, although its achievements in this sphere compare favorably to other industrialized countries. In education and social welfare, Israel surpasses most Western nations—but the income gap is widening. Although Arabs are fully part of Israeli democracy, vote and serve in the Knesset, Arabs living in the territories acquired by Israel when war was forced on her in 1967 are under military rule. This unfortunate state of affairs will be addressed in final status negotiations. These Palestinians have not been “deprived” of rights by Israel, because they never had those rights in the first place—not under the occupations of Ottoman Turks, British, Egyptians or Jordanians. That is no excuse why they should not have the vote now, but it does provide some context. What is happening in the territories isn't "apartheid" or anything close to it -- it is military rule, no more pernicious than what was the status of Arabs and Jews under the “frightfully polite” British and administered under most of the same British laws. A military occupation, by its nature is supposed to be temporary, not last for decades. Both Israel and Arabs have a responsibility for this limbo. It can be fixed and needs to be.
Ironically, the first time Palestinian Arabs ever had to right to vote, create parties and serve in a democratic parliament was when they became citizens of Israel. There are Arab members of the Knesset who do not recognize the legitimacy of the state in whose parliament they sit. Where else in the world would that happen?
But the Declaration of the State of Israel aspires to the vision of peace and justice envisioned by the prophets. That is ambitious, especially this side of the messianic era. But considerable progress has been made in that direction and all the more laudable considering that the country has never had a day's peace. Israel gets a "B" and because of mitigating circumstances, maybe a "B plus."
Palestinians were dealt an injustice in 1948 and 1949. So were the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were expelled from Muslim and Arab countries during the same period. Most of the Palestinians became refugees. Most of the Jews became Israelis.
This is hardly the first time in history that there have been migrations. What people anywhere can truly claim to be indigenous? What was unique about the migration of Jews to Israel, unlike all other migrations to all other countries, is that these Jewish migrants actually have historic roots in the old-new country.
This is not the first time in history that there have been wars and refugees. Millions of people were displaced after the world wars: Germans, Russians and Poles, among others. And Jews, too. Muslims and Hindus migrated by the millions in the wake of the breakup of British India and arrived at a “two state solution,” which – tensions notwithstanding—recognize each other.
Israel has not achieved all of the goals set out for it in its Declaration of Independence. It is a work in progress.
Hamas also has not reached the goals stated in its charter: destroying Israel, killing all Jews and reestablishing the Caliphate under the rule if Islamic law.
Charters are strategic plans crafted in lofty tones. They are theoretical. They address the future--and nobody can predict how that future will unfold. Their goals might be achieved, surpassed or changed as circumstances allow. But tone is important.
Read the two documents. Consider which tone sets the stage for the sort of world in which you would want to live.
Hamas Charter (1988) pay particular attention to article 22
Declaration of the State of Israel (1948)