The Donald Trump Help File: The Difference between Hamas and Hezbollah


I don’t usually write about domestic politics in this blog space but since Trump is so uninformed, and proud of it, I thought I would help him out a little bit. Trump barely knows what he’s talking about – and on other occasions knows nothing about what he’s talking about – but is actually one of the few candidates who has turned that into a positive because he gets aggressive with anybody who questions him. During a radio interview the other day he was asked about the differences between has Hezbollah and Hamas. When his ignorance is challenged he returns the aggression by accusing the questioner of asking “gotcha” questions, as if the leader of the free world isn’t supposed to know anything. Trump continues to claim he’s is an excellent delegator who will get the best people in place and five minutes after he’s President he’ll be thoroughly informed and know more than everybody else. I guess Trump believes that the American people are electing a delegator not a leader. In one interview when Trump was asked what he would do about Obama care he answered by saying, “I’ll get rid of it and replace it with something terrific.” It was comforting to hear that his health care program will be “terrific.”

Trump whines like a baby every time someone asks him a question that requires a substantive answer. So I thought I would help him out a little bit since the issues do fall within the confines of this blog. I’ll briefly outline some distinctions for him that should be sufficient to get him through the next debate. If he wants more detail – and I’m sure he doesn’t – he will have to dig it up himself or have one of his delegates do it.

For starters, Hamas and Hezbollah share a few things in common as both oppose the West and Israel and they are fundamentally animated by Islamic extremism. But the differences remain clear enough and the Donald can strut his stuff if he learns them. If Trump offers up even a morsel of accurate information his credibility will soar.

Hamas is based in Palestine and has a military wing. It was founded by Shaeikh Yassin and is rooted in the Muslim brotherhood. It operates primarily in the West Bank and Gaza and when it’s not challenging Israel it emphasizes social services for the people of those areas. The Israelis started out by supporting Hamas because they thought it would be a counter influence to secular Fatah. But after a number of Hamas attacks Israel altered its relationship.

In 2006 Hamas was successful at winning a majority of seats in the Palestinian legislature thus establishing themselves as the representatives of Gaza. Interestingly, Hamas and Hezbollah share a common hatred and opposition to Israel but differ fiercely with respect to their own brand of Islam. Hamas is primarily a Sunni organization and Hezbollah is Shia. This is a significant difference between the two.

Hezbollah is based in Lebanon not Palestine and fights Israel from southern Lebanon. Hezbollah means “army of God” and carries out suicide bombing, kidnappings, along with support from Iran.

Both of these groups are dangerous threats to Israel and have easy access to weapons, especially Hezbollah who receive sophisticated military support from Iran.

I could provide Trump some reading but how simple it is to Google these two groups and just do it himself. Or, Trump could delegate the task since he is such a skilled delegator. Have one of his delegates Google it for him.


About Donald Ellis

Professor Emeritus at the University of Hartford.

Posted on September 5, 2015, in Communication and Conflict Resolution and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It’s a misunderstanding to state that Israel initially supported Hamas. What Israel initially supported was a religiously-oriented Palestinian movement led to some degree by Sheikh Yassin. This support ceased when it transformed itself into a radical terrorist group called Hamas.

  2. Well, okay. I take your point but it is an awfully subtle one. Israel supported a religious alternative to Fatah led by Sheikh Yassin. That was the point made by both of us. But yes, they did not directly support Hamas and certainly withdrew the support quickly.

  3. I must take issue with the statement “If Trump offers up even a morsel of accurate information his credibility will soar.” If Trump were to deviate from his so far wildly successful game plan and actually demonstrate the slightest bit of actual knowledge of an issue – – any issue — rather than relying on bluster and bullying, his supporters would be mortified. His cred is already sky-high with mouth-breathers, birthers and reactionaries. Among folks with a grasp of true reality, not so much.

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