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Monday, June 02, 2008

'Hamas is exhibiting signs of distress'

Addressing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that Israel's strategy of blocking access to the Gaza Strip is working:
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday said that Israel has identified signs of distress coming from Hamas. According to the defense minister, some 70 Hamas fighters have been killed during the last two months, and more than 300 have been killed during the past six months.

"Hamas is very stressed. The most effective action is the siege," Barak said, referring to the Israeli-imposed economic blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza after the Islamist group seized power over the impoverished coastal strip last June. Since then, Israel has allowed only basic staples to be transported through the border crossings it controls, into Gaza.

Addressing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Barak also praised recent Egyptian efforts to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Egypt into the Gaza Strip, saying a significant improvement has been made, but stressing that still more can be done.


At 10:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Heh, Carl is right. The blockade does nothing to prevent Hamas terror attacks or to stop it from building up its massive arsenal. Hamas is not concerned with the suffering to Gazans. For it, the enemy is Israel. Ehud Barak, of all people should understand the terror group doesn't respond to measures taken to moderate its behavior. They're not fighting to get something from Israel; they're fighting to eliminate the Jewish State.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Please go read what I posted this morning on exactly this issue.

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamas is stressed.


Now is the time, not to ease up, but to increase the pressure on them.

Israel must keep on attacking them and harrassing them until they are totally annihilated or surrender unconditionally.

Anything less invites their revitalization, rearmament and return.


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