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Sunday, May 04, 2008

An offer Israel can't refuse?

Hamas is threatening an 'unprecedented escalation' if Israel does not accept the 'cease fire' it presented through Egypt last week, according to a report in London-based Asharq al-Awsat this morning.
Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told the paper that Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman was expected to arrive in Israel on Monday to convey Hamas's offer, which was agreed upon by twelve Palestinian factions last week.

Another spokesman for the group, Sami Abu Zuhri, said the organization was waiting to receive an official response through Egypt in the coming days. He said Hamas was ready to deal with one of two possibilities: Pacification or escalation.

"All options are open. The ball is in the Israeli court," Abu Zuhri said, adding that if Israel continues its procrastination, aggression and blockade of Gaza, "it may lead to unprecedented escalation."
Menachem Begin and Yitzchak Shamir would have responded to that kind of threat by targeting a Hamas leader (or worse). Unfortunately, Olmert doesn't have any.... fortitude....


At 8:18 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

How about an unprecedented escalation on Israel's part. Let's see. The IAF to load those nice F-16's with incendiary bombs and make Gaza look like Dresden or Tokyo in 1945. And if the rockets continued, or Gilad Schalit isn't returned, they keep doing it. And keep doing it.

2 things will happen:

1. The rockets stop and Schalit is returned.

2. Everybody in Gaza is dead.

It would be a win/win situation for Israel and a wonderful birthday present for the people of Sderot.

At 10:51 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

What Olmert wants is quiet to make it through to the next election. The country's well-being be damned.


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