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Hamas Warns Of Harsher Attacks On Israeli Border Crossings, Previous Attacks Were Practice

Posted by avideditor on April 22, 2008

I think it is time for Israel to take out Hamas already. Read this great post from Holgers Awakens

Hamas Warns Of 'Harsher' Attacks On Israeli Border Crossings, Previous Attacks Were 'Practice': “

The stench of Jimmy Carter hasn’t even left the meeting room where he bowed down to the terrorist thugs of Hamas and Hamas has already expressed their good faith in this way, from the article here at JPost:

A Hamas spokesman says the Islamic terrorist group will carry out harsher attacks on Israeli crossings – worse than recent ones that killed five Israelis.
The terrorist, Abu Jandal, told a newspaper linked to Hamas on Monday that previous attacks on Gaza-Israel crossings were just ‘practice.’

Let’s face it, Israel needs to cut this stuff off at the ankles. The next incident, the next attack on an Israeli border crossing…Israel pounds into Gaza and doesn’t leave until 100 Hamas have died. It’s that simple. If Hamas wants to belly up to the bar and is willing to sacrifice 100 of its jihadists and leaders for a ‘chance’ at abducting an Israeli soldier or killing a Jew, then so be it. But for pete’s sakes Israel, make it known that is the price tag on such activity.

I’d go one step further – I would tell Hamas that 20 of their top leaders are now on a hit list. With each attack on the border or for each rocket launched into Israel, the next Hamas leader on the list is targeted and taken out.

Hamas are swine. They are the dredges of the world community. If Hamas were living and operating in any U.S. city and the police were not able to shut them down, then you would see bands of American citizens armed to the teeth hunting Hamas down like prey. It would happen here, so why should Hamas be given any outs in Gaza?

Hamas vows ‘harsh’ attacks on Israel, previous attacks were ‘practice’

A Hamas spokesman says the Islamic terrorist group will carry out harsher attacks on Israeli crossings – worse than recent ones that killed five Israelis.
The terrorist, Abu Jandal, told a newspaper linked to Hamas on Monday that previous attacks on Gaza-Israel crossings were just ‘practice.’
Two Israeli civilians and three soldiers have been killed in recent attacks. Abu Jandal described the recent attacks as ‘a walk in the park’ and said upcoming attacks would be harsher.
The Hamas threats came as former US President Jimmy Carter was saying Hamas would be prepared to live next to Israel in peace in the framework of a Palestinian state.

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Egypt is Building an Apartheid Wall

Posted by avideditor on April 22, 2008

It looks like Egypt has realized that it needs to separate itself from the fake group of people that it helped create. It looks like the hate filled propaganda of the “pali” is deadly to both arab and jew now.

Egypt is Building an Apartheid Wall: “Is Egypt beginning to understand terrorism? Soon after Hamas broke through the border crossing into Egypt, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit seemed to ease up on Israel’s West Bank security fence, ‘Whoever wishes to build a security fence on his land is free to do that.’ Right after that it was announced that Egypt, with $23 million in U.S. assistance, would build its own fence along the border with Gaza. Teams from the Army Corps of Engineers are expected in Egypt shortly to advise the project. Whats behind Egypts acceptance of an ‘Apartheid Fence’ on its border with Gaza? Maybe its the recognition that Hamas is like the Muslim Brotherhood–ON Steroids:

Egypt Builds a Wall, Changes Its Tune on Israels Barrier

 

By David Schenker

Weekly Standard, April 28, 2008

Much ado has been made of the Israeli security fence isolating the West Bank. When it is completed in 2010, the barrier — which runs roughly along the 1967 border between Israel and Palestinian territory — will span nearly 500 miles. Israelis say the purpose of the structure is to curtail terrorist attacks against the Jewish state. Theres little reason to doubt them: Despite a March attack that killed eight students at a Jerusalem seminary, statistics suggest that the barrier and a corresponding one around Gaza are working.

West Bankers condemn the structure because it encroaches into pre-1967 Palestinian territory, limits mobility, and separates farmers from their fields. Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since June 2007, describes its territory as ‘a big prison.’ Until recently, Egypt too was a vociferous critic. In 2003, Egypts foreign minister at the time, Ahmed Maher, described the structure as ‘defying international legitimacy and world public opinion.’

Even as Israel moves expeditiously to seal off its West Bank threat, however, Palestinians face the prospect of another wall hemming them in. This latest wall is not being constructed by the Israelis, though, but by Egypt, which seeks more protection from its Palestinian neighbors in Gaza.

Cairo has every reason to be concerned. In January 2008, Hamas demolished the Gaza-Egypt border fence, allowing an estimated 700,000 Palestinians — nearly half of Gazas population — to stream into the Sinai desert. Initially, Cairo viewed the Gaza breach as an opportunity to solidify its pro-Palestinian bona fides. Then reality set in. Egypt, it seems, was concerned that Palestinians entering the Sinai might exacerbate Egypts own terrorism problem. In April 2006, 23 tourists were killed in a car-bomb attack in the Sinai resort town of Dahab; two days later, U.N. Multi-national Force Observers, enforcing the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, were targeted by suicide attacks.

For Cairo, the threat extends beyond Sinai. Islamists in Egypt — led by the Muslim Brotherhood — have been making significant political gains in recent years, winning an unprecedented 88 of 444 elected parliamentary seats in 2005. The prospect of Hamass hooking up with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood terrifies the government of Egypt. As one Egyptian political analyst describes it, ‘Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood on steroids.’

Less than two weeks after the Gaza breach, Cairo took draconian measures to return the Palestinians to Gaza. It arrested dozens — including a group of armed Palestinians reportedly planning to attack Israeli tourists in the Sinai — and quickly resealed the border with miles of barbed wire. Hamas cried foul and pledged that it would not allow the border to remain sealed. In February, two Egyptian border guards were injured by Palestinian gunfire and several more were treated for broken bones after being hit by rocks thrown across the border.

With tensions along the border increasing, Egypt has softened its position on Israels West Bank barrier. In March, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said, ‘Whoever wishes to build a security fence on his land is free to do that.’ Subsequently, it was announced that Egypt, with $23 million in U.S. assistance, would build its own fence along the border with Gaza. Teams from the Army Corps of Engineers are expected in Egypt shortly to advise the project.

At least in part, Cairos change in attitude was driven by Washington. For more than a decade, weapons have moved freely into Gaza via ubiquitous smuggling tunnels linking Sinai to Palestinian areas and bypassing Israeli scrutiny. Since Hamass Gaza takeover, though, the issue has increasingly garnered attention, as longer-range katyusha rockets — presumably transported via these tunnels — have started falling on Israeli cities with greater frequency. During the 2008 budget discussions, Congress was so concerned about perceived Egyptian inaction on the tunnels that a clause was inserted to condition nearly $100 million in U.S. aid on Cairos countering these smuggling routes.

For Cairo, the U.S. pressure was a blessing in disguise. The Egyptian government gives a lot of lip service to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, while privately it is apprehensive about the militant nature of Hamas-ruled Gaza. These sentiments have only been heightened by recent political and social inroads made by Egypts own Islamists.

At the end of the day, the Gaza border is above all else a matter of Egyptian national security. So despite the obvious comparisons that will be drawn between the Israeli and Egyptian barriers, Cairo had few alternatives other than to move ahead with a wall of its own. As Israel learned some time ago, good fences make good neighbors, especially when your neighbors are your enemies.

David Schenker is senior fellow and director of the program in Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

 

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