Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hey Obama, read this: 'No peace while Hamas rules Gaza'

from The Jerusalem Post
May 19, 2009

Here's a great comment on the article:
4. As long as Hama lives, peace will be impossible. Compromise to Islamic fascists equals weakness, something they can never show. Hamas will defeat Fatah either through elections as Hezbollah is about to do in Lebanon or with a gun. There will be no peace until Hamas and Hezbollah are destroyed. Until that happens, everything else is "much to do about nothing!"
John Profit - (05/19/2009 16:17)

'No peace while Hamas rules Gaza'

A day after US President Barack Obama informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of his intention to launch a new regional peace effort, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday morning that there was "no chance for an effective peace process so long as Hamas rules the Gaza Strip."

"A joint [Fatah-Hamas] government can only be formed through firm international pressure," the Shin Bet head said. "Hamas will never voluntarily give up its rule in the Strip, and the Palestinian Authority will never cede its control over the West Bank."

"If ballots were cast in the West Bank today, there is a good chance Hamas would win," he added.

Diskin said that there was no need to continue construction of the security barrier, as Israel possesses good intelligence and military capacity to prevent terror groups from launching attacks from the West Bank. He warned, however, that Israel should not transfer authority of all counter-terror operations to PA security forces, as the IDF was currently responsible for the majority of preventive arrests.

Praising Egyptian security forces for their increasing successes in uncovering munition caches intended for Hamas in Gaza, Diskin warned against the illusion of a peaceful tranquility in the Strip.

"Hamas wants to maintain the calm in order to win the time it needs to reinforce and improve its standing on the ground," he said, estimating that some 300 smuggling tunnels were currently active on the Egypt-Gaza border.

Meanwhile, according to Army Radio, Diskin also told the FADC that he was opposed to IDF plans to open Hebron's Zion Route to Palestinian traffic.

The route was set to be opened for Palestinians on Wednesday for the first time in 15 years following a commitment made by the army to the High Court of Justice. However, it was postponed Tuesday until an unspecified date.

Right-wing parties have warned that the move is dangerous and will lead to terror attacks.
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