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The Israeli Defense Force is coming closer to a ground invasion into Gaza in response to the continued rocket and mortar attacks from the strip.

Fatah declared that it will not sit by and let Hamas face the IDF alone, it will fight alongside Hamas, and says that the peace process will be cancelled if Israel attacks Gaza.

Let's look at that for a moment, shall we?

Fatah, led by the "moderate" Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) , knows that Hamas condones and even participates in the continuous rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli land. Sderot has been the favorite target of the Arabs, causing a disruption there that no other Western nation would tolerate. Yet, they go to the peace conference, talk as if it wants peace but then pledges to fight alongside of Hamas after Hamas has goaded and prodded for a war with Israel?

Fatah wants peace with Israel no more than Hamas does. This is nothing more than a ruse. Poke at the animal until it bites, then blame your bite wound on the animal. What does the West do? Are they calling the Palestinians out for this, or is the West still turning a blind eye to the continued harrassment?

Let's get some facts straight about this:

On Dec. 4, the number of rocket and mortar attacks Arab-Palestinian militants in Gaza launched at Israel during the past year hit the 2,000 mark - almost double the number in 2006. The increase in attacks has continued despite last week's renewed Israel-Palestinian peace talks, which include the goal of creating a sovereign Arab-Palestinian state. Israel welcomed the U.S.-brokered talks despite the continual and deadly rocket and mortar siege out of Gaza.

The escalation in attacks also comes almost two-and-a-half years after Israel gave up all of Gaza and parts of the West Bank, handing control of the areas over to the Arab-Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in hopes that it would lead to the creation of an independent Palestinian state. To carry out the disengagement from Gaza, a region that Israel won from Egypt after Israel fought a defensive war in 1967 against several Arab armies, roughly 9,000 Jews were uprooted from the communities where they had been living for generations.

Iran-backed Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by five countries and international entities, has encouraged the attacks. Hamas seized control of Gaza in June following a bloody fight against P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party.

Since Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in Aug. 2005, Palestinian militants fired more than 3,600 rockets and mortar bombs at Israeli towns and communities.

Thirteen Israeli citizens have been killed by indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire from Gaza, and another 307 people have been physically injured. Among those killed were a 2-year-old baby, Dorit Inso, and two 4-year-olds, Yuval Abebah and Afik Zahavi.

In 2007, one rocket has been fired every four hours.

A total of 68 percent of all Qassam rockets and mortar bombs were fired from the city of Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

Fourteen percent of all rockets and mortars were fired from the Beit Lahiya area of Gaza and 8 percent were launched from the Jabaliya refugee camp, at the northern end of Gaza.

Since Hamas took control of Gaza by force in June 2007, the rate of Qassam and mortar fire has increased by 500 percent.

More than 200 families - about 1,200 people - have fled Sderot due to the ongoing shelling from Gaza by Palestinian terrorists.

Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader, Aug. 2005:

"The Qassam [rockets] is what forced the enemy out. This is a victory for the resistance and for all of the Palestinian people."

Abu Ahmed, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Spokesman, Sept. 2007:

"The rockets have become accurate, they hardly miss, and most important they manage to disrupt the Israelis livesWe definitely planned to increase the rocket fire when the school year opened."

This is Israel's "peace partner" and their allies. This is who we are attempting to force Israel to deal with. And, these are the people who Israel is supposed to trust as sovereign neighbors?


Now after reading this far, you tell me, how can Abu Mazen express "deep concern" over ANYTHING Israel does?
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At the meeting, Abbas, too, expressed deep concern over reports that the IDF might attack the Gaza Strip. He warned that such a move would deal a severe blow to efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. He added that the PA had appealed to several countries, including the US, to exert pressure on Israel to refrain from launching a military operation.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 6-12-2007

sigh .. duplicitous is the word that springs to mind when I read articles like that.

The problem is the west want 'peace' to such an extent that they take the words of the Palastinians on face value.

There is something fundamentally simplisitic in the way the west relates to the situation, as if there is integrity in the words of Fatah leaders. At least Hamas are open about their hostility and philosophy.
By netchicken: posted on 7-12-2007

Fatah is, too. It's just that you have to understand Arabic to hear them speak the truth.

As with so many things, I blame American politics. I think that the average American politician would ask his wife to sleep with an Arab leader if it would mean that the Arab would sign a peace deal with Israel. That the peace would be short lived and that many Israelis would eventually die because of the forced peace deal is inconsequential.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 7-12-2007

Either Hamas are running scared, or more likely want to choose their time and place for war, and feel this is not it.

Hamas is making efforts to reach a ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip, London-based newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi reported Saturday.

According to the report, senior Hamas officials are attempting to dissuade militants from firing Qassam rockets and mortar shells from the Strip into southern Israel in efforts to prevent a wide Israel Defense Forces ground operation in the Hamas-ruled territory.

Israel Radio reported Saturday that Damascus-based Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal had met with the head of the Islamic Jihad in Lebanon to discuss the issue. Islamic Jihad sources told the Al-Quds al-Arabi that the group had agreed to Hamas' proposal, but only if the Israel agrees to a mutual ceasefire.

The newspaper also reported that Egyptian officials have offered to broker the deal between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

Last month, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the IDF is "getting closer to a large-scale operation in Gaza, and we're likely to stay there for a long time."
By netchicken: posted on 9-12-2007

It is hilarious that Hamas makes demands, such as they'll stop with the rockets if Israel agrees to a cease fire as well.
It makes it sound as if Israel is doing something other than what they have been doing; simply responding to continuous attacks from Gaza.
All that is necessary for peace is hostilities toward Israel to stop.

You are correct that Hamas is not ready for an Israeli invasion, yet. They are still coordinating with the Iranians, getting training and being supplied.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 9-12-2007

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