In violation of the Reuters Handbook of Journalism and professional journalistic ethics, Balmer deliberately adopts the loaded, Arab-ethnocentric, and grossly misleading phrase "armed struggle" to characterize Hamas' stated intent to commit genocide against the Jewish people. This, in an obvious bid to conceal the objectives of the Palestinian leadership so as to make them more palatable to gullible western audiences.He [Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal] has promoted armed struggle against Israel and rejected peace negotiations, but said in an interview with Newsweek last year that if a two-state solution were ever brought about, his group would "respect the will of the Palestinian people."
Balmer is of course, not fooling anyone even remotely familiar with Hamas and its aims. But he may be successfully abridging his career with the world's largest news agency otherwise committed to a policy of integrity and freedom from bias.
UPDATE 2:50 PM In another of Reuters fallacious "Factbox" series, this about Hamas and Fatah, propagandists Nidal al-Mughrabi and Mohammed Assadi repeat the "armed struggle" euphemism. In this instance, they attempt to dupe readers into believing the two terror groups have forsaken violence for politics and peace:
It [Fatah] originally backed armed struggle to create a Palestinian state but later led peacemaking efforts with Israel for a deal to create a state in the West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem as capital -- lands Israel occupied in 1967 [...]
The depths to which Reuters correspondents will stoop to deceive the public and advance their personal ideological agenda is truly astounding.Originally it [Hamas] concentrated on armed struggle against Israel, led by its armed wing the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, and on numerous social welfare programs. However, it soon got deeply involved in local politics.