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Archive for 'Hamas'

Here we go again

Hamas has broken yet another ceasefire (have any Israel-bashers noticed a pattern here?) and resumed rocket launches into Israel.
What do they expect to achieve this time around? A more compliant Israel– one that will allow access to more weapons and concrete to build more attack tunnels in exchange for a “permanent” truce? Fat chance. More [...]

Hamas: We deported journalists who filmed launch sites

A revealing interview with a Hamas spokesperson about journalists in Gaza:

Notable quote:
“[T]he journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative.
“So when they were conducting interviews, or when they went on location to report, they would focus on filming the places from where missiles were launched. Thus, they [...]

Two more things worth reading

I realize that by now, the thought of reading even one more piece about Israel, Hamas and Gaza may make you feel a bit unwell, but I think these two are worth it:
Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist living in East Jerusalem, explains why it’s ultimately up to Palestinians themselves to get rid of [...]

Hamas champion of human shields beaten by Gazans

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, whom we last encountered praising Gazans for acting as human shields during Operation Protective Edge, was reportedly attacked and beaten by Palestinian civilians.
According to the [Egyptian website Veto Gate], Abu Zuhri’s attackers were expressing anger at Hamas, placing blame on the terrorist organization for inciting the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge [...]

Hamas, Qatar and the West: the anomalies

Here’s the situation.
On the one hand, as Ynet.com reports:
In 2012, then Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani became the first head of state to visit Gaza since Hamas seized power there in a bloody 2007 battle with Fatah. Al Thani, who was driven around Gaza by the Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, pledged some [...]

No evidence?

The BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen writes that while he was in Gaza, “I saw no evidence… of Israel’s accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.”
If Bowen had added something like, “Of course what I saw during a highly-restricted week in Gaza in no way disproves the accusation,” I could cut him some [...]

Israel: no ceasefire that leave attack tunnels intact

I suppose John Kerry is doing what he considers his job in pressing for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. But Israel at this point is right to reject any extended halt in hostilities that leaves even one of the attack tunnels from Gaza into Israeli territory intact. It’s a matter of the most [...]

Why Israel fights

If anyone needs help understanding what Israel’s current ground offensive in northern Gaza is primarily about, watch this video. It’s not as if Hamas is trying to conceal its aims:

Note especially at 2:30 that the entrance to a tunnel is inside a building.
Update: The commander of the IDF’s elite Golani Brigade, Col. Rassan Alian, happens [...]

Hamas cares more about “underground Gaza” than above-ground Gaza

At Al-Monitor, Shlomi Eldar has an excellent article about the vast network of tunnels that Hamas has constructed in recent years– both within Gaza and, of more immediate concern to Israel, from Gaza into Israeli territory.
It helps explain the urgency with which the IDF is operating to destroy the cross-border tunnels, through which Hamas terrorists [...]

And if you can’t believe Hamas…

July 11, 2014: Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum assures Arabs living in Israel:
“We say to [Israeli Arabs], living in Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Lod, Ramla, and the Negev: The rockets fired by the Al-Qassam Brigades will not hit you. We know those parts. We are familiar with the geography and with the history. Not a single Arab [...]