Hamas is a murderous terrorist organization dedicated, in their own words, to the destruction of Israel and Jews everywhere.
(Look up their covenant. https://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp The sixth paragraph of its introduction states: “This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), clarifies its picture, reveals its identity, outlines its stand, explains its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption and joining its ranks. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious.”)
Hamas does not represent all Palestinians, but many do support them.
Hamas has occupied Gaza since 2007, two years after Israel unilaterally ended its occupation of the enclave. For close to 20 years Hamas has been occupied with one thing only, preparing the horrific October 7 massacre and previous murderous attacks on Israel, creating arsenals of weapons and missiles, rather than a flourishing society and economy.
If you support Hamas, are you saying that you support the perpetrators of 9/11, murderers of innocent people?
If you support Hamas, are you saying you support ISIS, the murderers of innocent people?
Yes, Israel is to blame. For not striking out against Hamas more forcefully in the past. For allowing Gazans to work and receive medical care in Israel, for supplying electricity, water, and non-military supplies. (What has Hamas, the ruling government of Gaza been doing for almost 20 years?)
Yes, Israel is to blame. For relying on thinking inside the box of logic and rationality, thinking that even though Hamas, a terrorist organization, was ruling Gaza, it would put the needs of the citizens before its militant, terrorist goals; and allowing UNRWA to run schools and other institutions that perpetuate the “refugee” mentality.
None of this leads to peace.
Yes, peace is made with enemies, enemies who come in good faith to end conflicts that only bring unnecessary suffering to their people. This does not appear to be the Hamas viewpoint. It is directly responsible for the suffering of Gazans, which it uses to discredit Israel whenever it strikes Hamas military targets. Hamas does not seem to care about anything as long as Israelis, including Arabs, are murdered.
Peace? Every time an opportunity for peace arises, a roadmap is suggested, an attempt is made, the Palestinians reject it. They have been doing so for more than 100 years. Small wonder that so few Israelis hold any hope for peace with their neighbors, even though most of them would like nothing better than peace and regional cooperation.
The Jewish state was created and grew and prospered during those 100 years, and it will rise again from this debacle, strengthened and with greater resolve than ever. Where will the Palestinians be?
Instead of supporting Hamas, maybe you can help Palestinians begin to think outside the box of armed struggle against the Jews. Maybe you should be looking for and supporting a more moderate, practical leadership that can extend its hand to peace, rather than backing the murderers of innocent children, women, and elderly people.