Jan 5 2009
Cairo Official: “Gazans are getting killed while HAMAS LEADERS HIDE.”
Egypt’s hard line with Hamas continues as head of its Foreign Relations Committee slams group leaders’ scuttle underground. Egyptian forces said to be searching for Hamas operatives in Sinai.
Muhammad Basyouni Photo: AP
“Where are the Hamas leaders now, when Gazans are being killed? They are all in hiding.”
Referring to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s latest speech, Basyouni sparred: “No one cares if the Palestinians are annihilated? What kind of talk is that?! Gaza isn’t the only one facing aggression.
“This is what (Hamas) wanted, to isolate it from the rest of the Arab world, but the storm sweeping the Arab nations has proven the Strip has not been forsaken. We have proven the Palestinian cause is in our hearts.
“All free men,” he added, “believe that the aggression must be stopped immediately and that all the crossings must be opened to allow the Palestinian people a free and dignified existence.”
Meanwhile, Egypt’s al-Ahram weekly quoted official sources as saying that Egyptian security forces are hunting for several Hamas operatives which have infiltrated Sinai and are aiming to target the Egyptian forces.
HAMAS GOES TO WAR WITH GAZANS…
The Hamas government has placed dozens of Fatah members under house arrest out of fear that they might exploit the current IDF operation to regain control of the Gaza Strip.
The move came amid reports that the Fatah leadership in the West Bank has instructed its followers to be ready to assume power over the Gaza Strip when and if Israel’s military operation results in the removal of Hamas rule.
Fatah officials in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that Hamas militiamen had been assaulting many Fatah activists since the beginning of the operation last Saturday. They said at least 75 activists were shot in the legs while others had their hands broken.
“Hamas is very nervous, because they feel that their end is nearing,” a senior Fatah official said. “They have been waging a brutal campaign against Fatah members in the Gaza Strip.”
Meanwhile, sources close to Hamas revealed over the weekend that the movement had “executed” more than 35 Palestinians who were suspected of collaborating with Israel and were being held in various Hamas security installations.
…WHILE ISRAEL TRIES TO PROTECT THEM.
Israeli TV reported that minutes before the targeted killing of a Hamas terrorist in his home, all the neighbors get a phone call warning them to get out of the area. Some of the defiant ones go to the roof hoping to dissuade the IDF from firing , at which point, a small, harmless missile is fired to a corner of the roof. This convinces the defiant to get away. Then and only then is the hit performed.
There is no other army in the world that takes such extreme measures to protect non-combatants.Israeli Channel 10
DIVINE CONFRONTATION: The Gaza crisis is being used to sideline moderate states.
“what would settle the conflict eventually is our position in the battlefield despite the enormous number of martyrs.”
|Hamas appears not to want to take responsibility for the calamity in Gaza, and, following Hezbollah’s example after the 2006 July War, it too has also gone on the offensive, attacking moderate Arab states such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia and blaming the massacre on their silence, even when its supposed allies, Iran and Syria, have made no genuine gestures of solidarity. One does not have to look far to see comparisons with Hezbollah and its secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah, who, ignoring the fact that Egypt has been warning Hamas of an Israeli attack for weeks, on Sunday urged the Egyptian people to “go out to the streets and open the Rafah border crossing with their own bodies,” challenging, not only an Arab country, but also a Sunni state. Hamas has turned Gaza into a military zone, forcing 1.5 million civilians to become a human line of defense, exactly as the Lebanese in the South did in 2006.
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Hizballah Will Defend Iran– Not Palestinians
David Schenker, The Washington Institute, December 30 In addition to its purported mission of defending Lebanon, the Shiite militia has long articulated a commitment to the “liberation” of Palestinian territories. During his September 2008 Jerusalem Day speech, for example, Nasrallah stated that “Jerusalem and Palestine, from the river to the sea, are for the Palestinian people, for the Arabs, and the Muslims. No one has the authority to relinquish one grain of sand . . . everything in it is holy.” Earlier this month, his deputy, Naim Qassem, described Palestine as “the central issue,” adding that Hizballah was “committed to liberating it in its entirety.” The Shiite militia’s support for the “liberation” of Palestine extends beyond the rhetoric of its senior officials. Reports of Hizballah providing training to Palestinian terrorist organizations in Lebanon date back nearly a decade.
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IRANIAN STUDENT GROUP: “Hamas is a terrorist group and its use of civilians is inhumane; Those who arm Hamas hae innocent blood on their hands.
The communiqué stated: “Those who have armed and encouraged groups like Hamas – which only yesterday did not hide its sympathy for the criminal Saddam Hussein, and which declared three days of mourning after his death – have innocent blood on their hands: [the blood of those killed] in the [recent] hostilities [in Gaza]. Now it is they who must be accountable to humanity, and it is they who must explain this tragic situation.
“Israel’s current crimes in Gaza are strongly condemned – but it is equally [important] to condemn the terror organizations that use kindergartens and hospitals as a shield against the [Israeli] attacks. [Hamas’s use of human shields] prepares the ground for intensified bombardment [by Israel] and for the killing of children and civilians, and [therefore] it is an inhuman act.
“Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat strongly condemns the current situation in the Gaza Strip and the killing of civilians and innocents. It believes that the sacrifice of defenseless people – especially children – [in Gaza] is the result of other conflicts in the regional and international arena.”