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Monday, January 17, 2011

Fear and loathing in the Gaza Strip

They may have 'thousands' of missiles that can strike Tel Aviv, but deep down, Hamas isn't quite ready to make themselves into martyrs just yet.
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar revealed on Sunday that his movement’s recent decision to enforce a cease-fire with Israel came after Egypt warned that Israel was planning a military operation in the Gaza Strip.

Zahar said that Hamas received warnings also from other “international parties,” but did not elaborate.

“Egypt and international parties warned Hamas that the Israeli occupation was planning to launch a new aggression against the Gaza Strip,” he said. “Hamas and the other resistance groups are prepared for such an aggression.”

Zahar warned that Israel would suffer a “painful blow” if it launched another war.

However, he did not rule out the possibility that Israel would still wage war against Hamas “in wake of Arab and international silence.”

The Palestinians should expect everything evil from the occupation, he added. Zahar nevertheless reaffirmed his movement’s desire to maintain the period of calm with Israel. He also denied that Hamas had deployed forces along the border with Israel to stop the rocket and mortar attacks.
Now would be the time to hit them rather than wait until they are ready.

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At 1:25 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - the biggest news this morning in Israel is the demise of the once powerful Labor Party.

Its Far Left MKs have exited the Israeli government, leaving Defense Minister Ehud Barak leading a rump centrist faction.

Barak made his move and in effect entered the Likud. But you knew this move had been some time in coming. Now Barak no longer needs to worry about the Far Left's needs in keeping his party chairmanship.

Heh. Talk about Fear and Loathing today on Israel's Left!


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