“Please tell your friends that Hamas people are ordinary people. We are not barbarians.”You see, ordinary people rejoice that the gathering of the "Zionists" to Palestine is part of a divine plan, to give Arabs the "honor"of exterminating their "evil," like Hamas MP Yunis al Astal did on Hamas Al Aqsa TV several months ago.
Apparently, it was not the first time Peratis met and fawned over the denizens of Hamas, either.
Another J Street founder, Daniel Levy, concerning Israel, said in October, 2010:
"I believe the way Jewish history was in 1948 excused – for me, it was good enough for me – an act that was wrong."And months later, at the 2011 J Street Conference, said:
"Maybe, if this collective Jewish presence" -- that is, the Jewish State in the Middle East -- "can only survive by the sword, then Israel really ain't a good idea."Some argued he meant otherwise. I say the words speak for themselves. By such words and such behavior as meeting with Hamas, it seems these people bend so far to be fair that they enhance, empower and reinforce anti-Israel forces across the spectrum, though virtually none has any inclination to themselves be fair to others who believe differently.
J Street belatedly criticized this last meeting with Hamas by Peratis, after a specific admonition not to do so. One blogger stated:
"But of course, they're not going to kick her off their board or something even though J Street leaders 'shouldn't meet with Hamas.'"And there, I suppose, is the rub!
(Tip to Doodad.)