Khaled Meshal, political leader of Hamas, recently stated that all options against Israel remain open, including war: “We will do everything to obtain the rights stolen from us, including confrontation with the enemy,” according to Haaretz.
Meshal was meeting with senior members of Palestinian terrorist organizations, including Ahmed Jibril, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine… Jibril said that he supports efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation. Regarding Israel, he added that Palestinians are being asked to relinquish their rights “first and foremost, armed resistance.” … Jibril also said that Palestinians are being asked to “recognize the Zionist entity and accept the conditions put forth by the Quartet
Perhaps Meshal was emboldened to make his statement by the presence of Jibril, a staunch advocate of terror and one of the first old-school Palestinian leaders to embrace Iran, Hezballah and other
radical Islamic groups not nice guys who are totally not representative of the vast majority of peace loving Muslims around the world and who are not just a benign presence but are actually a force for good and justice. **
But let’s get real. War? Really?? Hamas isn’t good at war. Hamas is good at terror, aiding and abetting terror, murdering political opponents, stuff like that. But war? As in uniforms and helmets and fighting other armed combatants? Uhm, not such a good idea. I mean it sounds bad ass and all, but come on, who are we kidding!
In related news, the Jerusalem Post reported that:
Hamas and several other Palestinian factions have decided to stop rocket attacks against Israel, so as not to give the IDF an excuse to launch a major offensive in the Gaza Strip, sources in Gaza City said on Monday… Representatives of the factions, which held emergency discussions over the past few days, â€œstressed the need to maintain the unofficial cease-fire with Israel,â€ The sources said… The groups that agreed to stop firing rockets at Israel are Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in addition to Hamas, the sources added.
Despite all this, a Kassam rocket slammed into the western Negev on Sunday night, causing no casualties or damage. As a result, Israelis are taking a wait and see attitude towards this new unofficial cease fire. Here’s hoping that these Palestinian groups decides to pursue peace rather than further aggression. I mean really, it’s in their people’s own best interest.
** Are you wondering what that was all about? I was just trying to be in compliance with Barack Obama’s upcoming National Security Strategy which will reportedly ban the use of terms like “radical” or “Islamic” or “Jihadist” when describing say a, err… radical Islamic Jihadist. More on that later I suppose…