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Thursday, March 29, 2007

'Moderate' threats

Is there any difference between when Israel is threatened by 'militant' 'Palestinians' and when it is threatened by 'moderate' 'Palestinians'? Not as far as I can tell.

Yesterday, 'our friends the Saudis' threatened Israel with war if we do not commit national suicide by accepting the 'Saudi plan' as is. Today, it was the 'Palestinians' turn. 'Moderate' 'Palestinian president' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen threatened violence if Israel rejects the 'hand of peace' offered by the 'Palestinians.' Here are some quotes from Abu Mazen at the closing ceremony of the Arab League summit in Riyadh today as reported by al-AP:
Demanding that amendments be introduced to the Arab peace initiative, is seeking to avoid the realization of peace.

I reiterate the sincerity of the Palestinian will in extending the hand of peace to the Israeli people ... we should not waste more chances in the history of this long and painful cause.

The entire region will be under renewed threats of war, explosions, as well as regional and international confrontations, as a result of the absence of a solution or the impossibility of implementing one.

We hope our summit would result in the formation of an Arab committee headed by the Saudi Arabian monarchy, the head of the summit, to follow up implementation of the Arab initiative.
Abu Mazen also called for a "negotiated settlement that will be sponsored by the international community and within the framework of an international peace conference in the region."

In the meantime, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, the 'military wing' of 'moderate' Abu Mazen's 'moderate' Fatah movement has bragged that it shot two of the seven Kassam rockets that were shot at Israel from northern Gaza yesterday. And they promised that the $59 million (reduced from $86 million) that the Bush administration is sending to Abu Mazen, to strengthen his 'security forces,' will be used to attack Israel:
"Even if the American money and weapons reach only members of Fatah who are not involved in the resistance, it will find its way to the Palestinian resistance and be utilized for attacks against the Zionists," said Abu Ahmed, the northern Gaza commander of Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group.


"This money is an attempt to generate civil war between Hamas and Fatah and to buy off Fatah. But we will never leave the political line of Yasser Arafat, who would not give up even one inch of Palestine," charged Abu Ahmed.

The terror leader said the infighting between Fatah and Hamas "was over." "Now there are only a few dozens who want it to continue, so maybe there will be localized infighting but we will not fall into this Zionist-American conspiracy of civil war," he said.


Earlier [yesterday], seven rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip aimed at nearby Jewish communities.

Abu Ahmed told WND his group fired two of the projectiles while the other five were launched by Islamic Jihad. He said the two rockets fired today were "dedicated to Yasser Arafat."

Abu Ahmed claimed his group launched the rockets in response to "Israeli threats to the Al Aqsa Mosque and criminal Israeli operations in the West Bank against our fighters."


Abu Ahmed's threats come as the Bush administration announced plans to ask Congress to approve $59 million for Fatah forces. The U.S. said the bulk of the new aid package – $43.4 million – will be used to strengthen Abbas' Force 17 presidential guard units.

According to the announcement, the sum includes $14.5 million for "basic and advanced training," $23 million for equipment, $2.9 million to upgrade the guard's facilities and $3 million to provide "capacity building and technical assistance" to the office of Mahmoud Dahlan, Fatah's strongman in Gaza.

The Bush administration in January pledged $86.4 million to strengthen the Fatah forces, including Force 17, Abbas' security detail, which also serves as de facto police units in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

At the time, Abu Yousuf, a Fatah militant from Abba's Force 17 security forces, told WND U.S. funds and weapons being transferred to his group would be utilized to "hit the Zionists."

Many Fatah security members from Force 17 are also openly members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. All Brigades leaders are members of Fatah.
Someone please remind me what the difference is supposed to be between Abu Mazen and Haniyeh and between Hamas and Fatah. I don't see any.


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