Ben White thinks Israel is responsible for Hamas’ extremist policies in Gaza.
Contrarian2 has a simpler explanation:
Of course, it’s Israel’s fault. That is a precondition to the discussion of virtually every topic here in the Parallel Universe [….] You name it, it’s Israel’s fault.
(True, the Hamas charter, while blaming Jews for everything from the French Revolution to World War II, does add the Lions Club and the Rotary Club as part of the conspiracy. I’m surprised that Mr. White let them off the hook so easily.)
But I have a simpler explanation to offer for Hamas’ behavior. It is article eight of that same Hamas charter:
Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.
Imagine that. They published what they were going to do and they are doing it.