After Gaza Truce

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NOVEMBER 11-15, 2008
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER after GAZA TRUCE

JIWON:
Below are part of them. My previous research was on Oct 21 and now, on Nov 11, due to the election-related articles both in Israel and America, too many articles appear for Google-News to handle, and therefore, articles on Oct 21-26 are missing from 1,000 articles… Since it’s impossible to click all of them, I only check the ‘TITLEs’ until something hooks me. However, I can say that this work allows me to read a certain story. And then, I can also say that the new story in ‘Hamas+Gaza’ in Google-News doesn’t sound the same as the previous one. Why don’t you figure out by yourself?

This is the only thing that I want to say. IMHO, one of poorest human beings is young Israeli soldier. Everyone is criticizing their too-aggressive attitude toward Palestinian civilians. However, please imagine that you are drafted into the army and obliged to guard against Palestinian civilians. Guess what? You never know who will suddenly become Palestinian suicide bomber right in front of you. You never know when you are kidnapped by Palestinian gunmen to become another Schalit.

I believe. Everybody is welcome to INSULT all the mature, old Jewish leaders, who are bloodthirsty. However those young IDF soldiers? I don’t think so. This is why I never understand… what kind of f*cking ultra-Orthodox or Zionist Orthodox adults never give up asking endless support from the government without sending their kids to the Jewish army? Crying for Greater Israel sounds perfectly OK as long as their own youngsters prove Greater Patriotism in a very practical way.

This has been their most favorite words; “We have God Almighty’s promise that no matter what happens…”

Please imagine that all those young Kippahs replace the young secular IDF soldiers and the same God Almighty’s promise stay with them. There will be absolutely NONE of Palestinian suicide bombing. Nor another Schalit. Eternal Peace will be the only thing left between Israel and Palestine. Am I wrong?

Well… I am not in a position to say who should do what, or who has two-digit-numbered IQ, or who is encouraging Palestinian self-destruction. I just realized that Jewish BIBI is not the only European politician, who has been funded by Hamas. Anyway, according to my research, the Gaza situation in recent days sounds more like WAR. Please check all the information in ‘Hamas+Gaza’ in Google-News by yourself and compare yours with my report below. At the end of the list, eight interesting articles will follow YOUR OWN ANALYSIS.

NEW PART, Strategy & Tactics
(JIWON: Dear International Community, including EU/UN, and all the Jewish/Palestinian electorates, please let me know if you have a better idea. I’ll update this part whenever find one.)
🙂 Strategy: Nonviolent Palestinian demonstration as blackout hits Gaza (Nov 11, 2008). (I prefer this title to Olmert: Israel won’t reconcile with Gaza rocket fire (Nov 14, 2008).. Hamas will never give up and then it’s even threatened by young, more radical sub-groups.)
🙂 Tactics 1: UN’s Ban, EU call on Israel to open Gaza’s border crossings (Nov 15, 2008). (Notice: Daniel Barenboim is now 2008-1942 years old.)
🙂 Tactics 2: Ramon+Friedmann: Shell ‘launch pad’ Gaza villages (Nov 11, 2008).
🙂 Tactics 3: Friedmann: Visits to Gaza should be allowed only if delegates meet Schalit (Nov 13, 2008).
🙂 Tactics 4: Israel to permit entry to Gaza in humanitarian cases only (Foreign reporters furious over Gaza ban) (Nov 13, 2008).
🙂 Tactics 5: BIBI’s Voodoo dolls for Palestinian kids (Timeless)
🙂 Not-sure-of-Tactics 1: Likud’s MK Erdan: Use Hamas Prisoners as Human Shields in Gaza Belt (Dec 1, 2008). (JIWON: I’ve read that almost every Palestinian family has a member in Israeli jail. Even now, Palestinian suicide bombers are praised as martyrs. What if this project only ignites ‘desire’ of other members of ‘every’ Palestinian family? This is a real interesting idea, but I am not sure of its aftermath.)
🙂 Can’t-be-Tactics 1: Likud MK: Resume targeted assassinations of terror group heads (Nov 14, 2008). (Whenever I read Likud MK’s big-mouth, I just can’t help doubting their (collective) IQ. Sigh… especially when they resume this job after reading my report. See, one brilliant Talkbacker already answered WHY this can’t work.)

NEW PART, Israel & Gaza
(JIWON: Dear Kadima Party, see… it took months to create this new part. This is exactly why you’re having a hard time during this election period. I know it was ALL due to Bibi’s big mouth, which has been funded by Hamas. However… How many experts live in both Israel and Palestine? The only thing I did was daily reading YOUR newspapers and organizing YOUR articles in chronological order. It was simple, but what a headache… because in both Israel and Palestine, EVERYTHING sounds vague while EVERYBODY only wants to fight. Meanwhile, Daniel Barenboim is soon going to be 2008-1942 years old. Now that I only remember what a job this SOB did on my birthday…)
6. Friedmann: Visits to Gaza should be allowed only if delegates meet Schalit Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 13, 2008 (Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann said that humanitarian visits to the Gaza Strip should be approved only on the condition that the visitors meet with kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. The minister also said humanitarian delegations to Gaza should check the conditions of Schalit’s captivity, and stress to Hamas that the conditions in which the terror group is holding him constitutes a severe violation of international law. Friedmann’s statement came following the criticism by Hamas officials of Israel for not allowing French diplomats to enter the Gaza Strip in order to report on the humanitarian situation there. “Israel is trying to prevent the world from seeing the real situation in Gaza,” they reportedly said.)
5. Israel to permit entry to Gaza in humanitarian cases only (Foreign reporters furious over Gaza ban) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 13, 2008
4. Olmert: Confrontation with Hamas inevitable Ynetnews, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
3. Israel calls for support in ending Gaza violence ABC Online, Australia – Nov 11, 2008
2. Ramon+Friedmann: Shell ‘launch pad’ Gaza villages Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
1. Hamas Planning Large-Scale Attacks Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 4, 2008

PART 1, Palestine & Gaza
Analysis: Cairo concludes Fatah-Hamas chasm will not end anytime soon. (Palestinians have also come to accept the fact that they now have two mini-states.) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 12, 2008 (…Previous attempts by Arab countries to solve the Hamas-Fatah crisis also failed. … Tensions between Hamas and Fatah reached their peak this week as Palestinians marked the 4th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death. … Now that all efforts to solve the Hamas-Fatah strife have failed, the Palestinians’ eyes are set on January 9, 2009, when Abbas’s term expires.)
Palestinians Scold Dividing Hamas, Fatah Islam Online, Qatar – Nov 11, 2008
Nonviolent Palestinian demonstration as blackout hits Gaza Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 11, 2008
Poll: Most Palestinians support dissolving Hamas-controlled parliament Xinhua, China – Nov 3, 2008
PA Arabs in Gaza Campaigning for Barack Obama Arutz Sheva, Israel – Oct 27, 2008

Underground economy thrives in Gaza Strip Toronto Star, Canada – Nov 11, 2008
FGM: Israel says, “The people of Gaza have plenty of food. They don’t need to go fishing” International Solidarity Movement, Palestinian Territories – Nov 6, 2008 (… “All we ever wanted to do was fish. We can’t feed our families or make money doing what our ancestors have done for thousands of years,” said one as he fixed his nets…)
In The Merit of the Rafiah Tunnels: Economic Upswing in the Gaza (As a result of the tunnel work, and in contradiction to Hamas propaganda, not only is there no lack of food in Gaza, there is actually a surplus of some food products.) Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 2, 2008 (… Weapons influx into Gaza. But that is not the only thing… Gas and oil… Cash continues to flow in as well as large amounts of food. As a result of the tunnel work, and in contradiction to Hamas propaganda, not only is there no lack of food in Gaza, there is actually a surplus of some food products.)
Gaza Government Declares Emergency over Floods California Chronicle, CA – Oct 29, 2008
Gazans complain tunnel business not enough to solve economic crisis Xinhua, China – Oct 27, 2008
Hamas making $20 million a month from Gaza smuggling tunnels Haaretz, Israel – Aug 31, 2008

Obama adviser denies Hamas meeting Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Report: Hamas says its officials met Obama aides before US election Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Moscow will not confirm Hamas invite Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY – Nov 9, 2008
EU Delegation Meets Hamas Official Who Said Kill Jews, Americans Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY – Nov 4, 2008

UK MPs call for Europe-wide campaign to pressure Red Cross concerning Schalit Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
Hamas warns Israel against conducting rescue op for Schalit Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 1, 2008
Middle East: Shalit ‘unharmed’, says Egyptian President Adnkronos International English, Italy – Oct 30, 2008
IDF foiled Hamas kidnap bid, arrested Gaza infiltrator Ha’aretz, Israel – Oct 26, 2008
Hamas passes on letter to Gilad Schalit from his father Jerusalem Post, Israel – Oct 24, 2008

The Intra-Palestinian Rift Middle East Online, UK – Nov 8, 2008
Walls vs. Bridges – mental health in Gaza Radio Netherlands, Netherlands – Oct 27, 2008
The Children of Gaza: Weaned on Fear and Trauma Arabisto.com, FL – Oct 17, 2008

PART 2, Egypt & Two Palestines
From time to time… Hamas/Fatah arrests/frees Fatah/Hamas members.
Analysis: Cairo concludes Fatah-Hamas chasm will not end anytime soon. (Palestinians have also come to accept the fact that they now have two mini-states.) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 12, 2008 (…Previous attempts by Arab countries to solve the Hamas-Fatah crisis also failed. … Tensions between Hamas and Fatah reached their peak this week as Palestinians marked the 4th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death. … Now that all efforts to solve the Hamas-Fatah strife have failed, the Palestinians’ eyes are set on January 9, 2009, when Abbas’s term expires.)
US cracks down on Hamas-linked charity Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 12, 2008 (… The Treasury Department’s action against the Union of Good means that any bank accounts or other financial assets belonging to the charity found in the United States will be frozen.)
Obama adviser denies Hamas meeting Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Senior Egyptian official: Hamas aborted dialogue in service of regional powers Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 11, 2008
Egypt postpones Palestinian talks Financial Times, UK – Nov 11, 2008
No ceremonies for Arafat in Gaza Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Meeting of Palestinian factions postponed The National, United Arab Emirates – Nov 11, 2008
Abbas calls on Hamas to go for early elections Xinhua, China – Nov 11, 2008
Palestinians Scold Dividing Hamas, Fatah Islam Online, Qatar – Nov 11, 2008
Hamas ignores Yasser Arafat’s anniversary Daily News & Analysis, India – Nov 11, 2008
Arafat rally highlights Hamas-Fatah split International Herald Tribune, France – Nov 11, 2008
Hamas accused of blocking Arafat commemoration in Gaza NDTV.com, India – Nov 11, 2008
Report: Hamas says its officials met Obama aides before US election Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
PA Official: “Rapid Deterioration” Between Egypt, Hamas Expected Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY – Nov 10, 2008
Hamas Boycotts Reconciliation Talks With Fatah NPR – Nov 10, 2008
Israelis, Palestinians pledge to continue peace talks at Egypt summit CBC.ca, Canada – Nov 9, 2008
Moscow will not confirm Hamas invite Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY – Nov 9, 2008
Fatah official: Egypt in intensive contact with Palestinians to resume dialogue Xinhua, China – Nov 9, 2008
No alternative to Egypt plan for Palestinian unity: FM AFP – Nov 9, 2008
Obama Willing to Talk with Hamas if it Recognizes Israel Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
Egypt vows to continue efforts for Palestinian talks despite setback Al-Bawaba, Jordan – Nov 8, 2008
Mubarak ‘feels betrayed’ by Hamas Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
ANALYSIS / When Hamas boycotts unity talks, what does it mean? Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
PLO: Regional powers urged Hamas to boycott Egyptian-sponsored dialogue Xinhua, China – Nov 9, 2008
Cairo postpones Hamas-Fatah reconciliation talks – Summary Earthtimes (press release), UK – Nov 8, 2008
The Intra-Palestinian Rift Middle East Online, UK – Nov 8, 2008
Hamas announces boycott, comprehensive national dialogue postponed Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 8, 2008
Hamas government fears repeat of last year, bans Arafat memorials … Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 5, 2008
EU Delegation Meets Hamas Official Who Said Kill Jews, Americans Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY – Nov 4, 2008
Hamas lawmakers invited to visit EU headquarters despite boycott Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 3, 2008
Egypt uncovers 13 Gaza smuggling tunnels AFP – Nov 3, 2008
Poll: Most Palestinians support dissolving Hamas-controlled parliament Xinhua, China – Nov 3, 2008
Fateh spokesperson: “Hamas prisons filled with political detainees” International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Oct 30, 2008
Middle East: Shalit ‘unharmed’, says Egyptian President Adnkronos International English, Italy – Oct 30, 2008
450 tunnels straddle Egypt-Gaza border; Economic impact thwarts crackdown (Egypt has been quietly cooperating with the Hamas regime in the crackdown. “Political and technical issues still stand in the way of more decisive action,” the report said. “Egypt appears reluctant to move too aggressively.”) World Tribune – Oct 27, 2008
Palestinian forces carry out first crackdown on Hebron militants Ha’aretz, Israel – Oct 27, 2008
Hamas passes on letter to Gilad Schalit from his father Jerusalem Post, Israel – Oct 24, 2008

PART 3, Ceasefire Rattles as Rocket Strikes
Impossible to post every each Truce-Violation-by-Hamas or Gaza-Crossings or Resuming-Fuel-Supplies-to-Gaza…
Friedmann: Visits to Gaza should be allowed only if delegates meet Schalit Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 13, 2008 (Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann said that humanitarian visits to the Gaza Strip should be approved only on the condition that the visitors meet with kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. The minister also said humanitarian delegations to Gaza should check the conditions of Schalit’s captivity, and stress to Hamas that the conditions in which the terror group is holding him constitutes a severe violation of international law. Friedmann’s statement came following the criticism by Hamas officials of Israel for not allowing French diplomats to enter the Gaza Strip in order to report on the humanitarian situation there. “Israel is trying to prevent the world from seeing the real situation in Gaza,” they reportedly said.)
Israel to permit entry to Gaza in humanitarian cases only (Foreign reporters furious over Gaza ban) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 13, 2008
Israel blocks foreign media from Gaza (International journalists report being barred from entering, exiting Gaza) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Israel May Allow Food Supplies Into Gaza Thursday – Official EasyBourse.com, France – Nov 11, 2008
IDF thwarts terror cell’s attempt to infiltrate Israel Ynetnews, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
UN warns Gaza food aid may end Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Israel calls for support in ending Gaza violence ABC Online, Australia – Nov 11, 2008
Palestinians: Gunmen, IDF clashes renew Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Olmert: “Clashes with Hamas, a mater of time” International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Nov 11, 2008
Olmert: Confrontation with Hamas inevitable Ynetnews, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Israel deploys remote-controlled machine-guns along Gaza border The Canadian Press, JERUSALEM – Nov 11, 2008
Quartet Presses, Israel Renews Fuel Supplies to Gaza despite ongoing rocket attacks Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Ramon+Friedmann: Shell ‘launch pad’ Gaza villages Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Haniyeh’s Offer for State in Pre-67 Borders Not Hamas Final Plan Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY – Nov 10, 2008
Vinai (Deputy DM): Hamas Tries to ‘Play on Our Sensitivities’ Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 10, 2008
Rockets land in western Negev; Gaza fuel terminals to remain closed Ynetnews, Israel – Nov 10, 2008
Middle East: Renewed clashes leave Gaza without electricity Adnkronos International Italia, Italy – Nov 10, 2008
PLC deputy warns of increased humanitarian disaster in Gaza Strip Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 10, 2008
Barak: Israel should consider firing back at Qassam launchers Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
Defense Ministry: Fortify Gaza Belt Homes, Truce or No Truce Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
Hamas: No room to implement long-term truce with Israel Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
Hamas: Power cuts to residents, hospitals if no shipments by noon Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
(FGM): ‘Israel won’t give Gaza-bound boats PR’ Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
(FGM: As European groups challenge the Israeli blockade, there is a lack of regional action GulfNews, United Arab Emirates – Nov 9, 2008
(FGM): Israel Backs Down again, Allows (3rd) Boat to Land at Gaza Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
(FGM): European lawmakers break Gaza Siege, deliver medical supplies Hindu, India – Nov 8, 2008
13 Qassams fired at Negev over weekend Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
Palestinians: IDF forces, Hamas gunmen exchange fire Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
Spokeswoman: Israeli army detonates explosive devices in S Gaza Xinhua, China – Nov 8, 2008
UK MPs call for Europe-wide campaign to pressure Red Cross concerning Schalit Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
More rockets hit Israel following deadly incursion into Gaza Strip Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon – Nov 7, 2008
5 Qassam rockets hit south (More than 50 rockets fired at Israel since Tuesday Rocket attacks go on…) Ynetnews, Israel – Nov 6, 2008
Analysis: Both side want to continue ceasefire Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 5, 2008
Barrage of rockets (more than 40) after six killed in Gaza: military AFP – Nov 5, 2008
IDF uncovers Gaza Strip tunnel intended for terror attack Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (press release), Israel – Nov 4, 2008
Israel launches first airstrike on Gaza since June The Associated Press – Nov 4, 2008
Hamas Planning Large-Scale Attacks Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 4, 2008
Hamas’ Deif: We’ll continue to attack Zionist enemies of God Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 4, 2008
Antitank missiles fired at IDF force for 1st time since truce Ynetnews, Israel – Oct 30, 2008
Israel tries to block Gaza health conference IRINnews.org, NY – Oct 30, 2008
(FGM): Olmert allows (2nd) ‘Free Gaza’ activist boat to dock in Gaza Jerusalem Post – Oct 29, 2008
Striped uniform disguised as humanitarian aid to Gaza Ynetnews, Israel – Oct 28, 2008
Baby boom puts more preschool toddlers (in communities near Gaza Strip) under threat of Qassams Ha’aretz, Israel – Oct 28, 2008
Hamas tunnel near Hebron was arms training site Ha’aretz, Israel – Oct 28, 2008
Israeli Official Links Hamas Social Work to Political Power International Analyst Network, NY – Oct 28, 2008
Hamas Preparing For Strategic Terror Attack Evening Bulletin, PA – Oct 28, 2008
Foreign Academics (Mental Health Doctors) Are Denied Entry to Health Conference in Gaza Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) – Oct 27, 2008
Israeli shooting wounds Palestinian schoolgirl in Gaza Xinhua, China – Oct 27, 2008
IDF foiled Hamas kidnap bid, arrested Gaza infiltrator Ha’aretz, Israel – Oct 26, 2008
A Palestinian infiltrator admitted he was part of a Hamas squad … Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY – Oct 26, 2008
Defense Ministry to prep mayors for war (If the Gaza cease-fire falls apart, Hamas will be able to fire rockets 30 kilometers into Israel) Jerusalem Post – Oct 26, 2008

PART 4, Hamas grip on Gaza-andthen-WestBank
U.N. wants journalist’s abuse claims explored Baltimore Sun, United States – Nov 9, 2008
Increase in violations of press freedoms Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 9, 2008
No end in sight for teachers’ strike in Gaza The National, United Arab Emirates – Nov 1, 2008
Fateh spokesperson: “Hamas prisons filled with political detainees” International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Oct 30, 2008
Palestinian forces carry out first crackdown on Hebron militants Ha’aretz, Israel – Oct 27, 2008

PART 5, Gaza’s Lifelines
Tunnels Story: ‘Today people want to eat and buy cheap goods from Egypt. Perfume, Viagra, Lions, Fuel and so on…’ (Number has risen in the past 2 years to nearly 1,000.) Nov 14, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post (The smugglers are boasting that they are actually performing “patriotic” deeds, (…) This makes the Egyptians reluctant to take tough measures against the smugglers, fearing they will be accused by the Arab world of complicity in the “siege” against Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians.)
Israel to permit entry to Gaza in humanitarian cases only (Foreign reporters furious over Gaza ban) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 13, 2008
Underground economy thrives in Gaza Strip Toronto Star, Canada – Nov 11, 2008
Hamas relying on underground supply lines, cut-rate fuel from Egypt World Tribune – Nov 11, 2008
Israeli Blockade Threatens To Halt UN Food Aid Distribution In Gaza RTT News, NY – Nov 11, 2008
Quartet Presses, Israel Renews Fuel Supplies to Gaza despite ongoing rocket attacks Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Tunnels are a lifeline in Gaza Radio Netherlands, Netherlands – Nov 10, 2008
PLC deputy warns of increased humanitarian disaster in Gaza Strip Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 10, 2008
Eleven European lawmaker leave Gaza via sea International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Nov 9, 2008
Hamas: Power cuts to residents, hospitals if no shipments by noon Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
Powerless in Gaza, residents rely on tunnels Ha’aretz, Israel – Nov 9, 2008
(FGM): Israel Backs Down again, Allows (3rd) Boat to Land at Gaza Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 8, 2008
(FGM): European lawmakers break Gaza Siege, deliver medical supplies Hindu, India – Nov 8, 2008
FGM: Israel says, “The people of Gaza have plenty of food. They don’t need to go fishing” International Solidarity Movement, Palestinian Territories – Nov 6, 2008 (… “All we ever wanted to do was fish. We can’t feed our families or make money doing what our ancestors have done for thousands of years,” said one as he fixed his nets…)
Egypt uncovers 13 Gaza smuggling tunnels AFP – Nov 3, 2008
In The Merit of the Rafiah Tunnels: Economic Upswing in the Gaza (As a result of the tunnel work, and in contradiction to Hamas propaganda, not only is there no lack of food in Gaza, there is actually a surplus of some food products.) Arutz Sheva, Israel – Nov 2, 2008 (… Weapons influx into Gaza. But that is not the only thing… Gas and oil… Cash continues to flow in as well as large amounts of food. As a result of the tunnel work, and in contradiction to Hamas propaganda, not only is there no lack of food in Gaza, there is actually a surplus of some food products.)
Gaza’s tunnels: A dangerous, vital lifeline Palestine Times, Palestinian Territories – Nov 1, 2008
Israel tries to block Gaza health conference IRINnews.org, NY – Oct 30, 2008
Gaza Government Declares Emergency over Floods California Chronicle, CA – Oct 29, 2008
(FGM): Olmert allows (2nd) ‘Free Gaza’ activist boat to dock in Gaza Jerusalem Post – Oct 29, 2008
Striped uniform disguised as humanitarian aid to Gaza Ynetnews, Israel – Oct 28, 2008
450 tunnels straddle Egypt-Gaza border; Economic impact thwarts crackdown (Egypt has been quietly cooperating with the Hamas regime in the crackdown. “Political and technical issues still stand in the way of more decisive action,” the report said. “Egypt appears reluctant to move too aggressively.”) World Tribune – Oct 27, 2008
PA Arabs in Gaza Campaigning for Barack Obama Arutz Sheva, Israel – Oct 27, 2008
Gaza hospitals suffering from lack of medicine Reuters UK, UK – Oct 27, 2008
Gazans complain tunnel business not enough to solve economic crisis Xinhua, China – Oct 27, 2008
Foreign Academics (Mental Health Doctors) Are Denied Entry to Health Conference in Gaza Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) – Oct 27, 2008

PART 6, Who is blaming whom? Where, When & Why?
Hamas: We will have to deactivate Gaza Strip power plant due to insufficient fuel supplies Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 13, 2008 (Hamas also criticized Israel for not allowing French diplomats to enter the Gaza Strip in order to report on the humanitarian situation there. “Israel is trying to prevent the world from seeing the real situation in Gaza,” they reportedly said.)
Hamas says Abbas’ speech is hostile International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Nov 11, 2008
Abbas: Arafat says Hamas “divisive and unpatriotic” Al-Bawaba, Jordan – Nov 11, 2008
President Abbas blames Hamas for failure of Cairo national unity conference International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Nov 11, 2008
Haniyya: “Fateh’s actions in the West Bank obstruct internal dialogue” International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Nov 7, 2008
Extension of Gaza truce subject to Israel’s commitment, Hamas says TopNews, India – Nov 6, 2008
Hamas to boycott unity talks if arrests continue Reuters – Nov 2, 2008
Hamas uneasy over Egyptian plan for unity Jordan Times, Jordan – Nov 2, 2008
Hamas says Gaza lawmakers barred from Egypt Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 2, 2008
Hamas warns Israel against conducting rescue op for Schalit Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 1, 2008
Hamas warns Fatah may topple Egyptian reconciliation efforts Xinhua, China – Nov 1, 2008
Hamas says West Bank arrests could harm unity talks Reuters South Africa, South Africa – Oct 28, 2008
Fatah slams dismissal of PA intel head Jerusalem Post, Israel – Oct 23, 2008
Hamas says Egyptian plan needs to be modified Jerusalem Post, Israel – Oct 22, 2008

🙂 1. Poll: Most Palestinians support dissolving Hamas-controlled parliament Xinhua, China – Nov 3, 2008

GAZA, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) — Majority of Palestinians supported the dissolving of the Hamas-dominated parliament and holding early elections in the beginning of next year, according to a new poll released Monday. Up to 73.3% of the surveyed said they agree the dissolving of the parliament and holding the elections in January 2009 while 20.9% rejected. The poll was conducted by Alfa, a West Bank-based center, on a sample of 1,222 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank between Oct. 13 and 21.
The term of the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) ends in January 2010. However, the PLC has been disabled due to differences between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, the second largest bloc in the parliament.
If new elections were held in January 2009, 48% of the surveyed will vote for Fatah while 12.3% will elect Hamas, according to the poll.
The majority of the surveyed still prefer Abbas as a president as 39.6% said they will vote for him, and 22.1% said they will elect a jailed Fatah leader Marwan al-Barghouti as a president, while the deposed Hamas premier Ismail Haneya got only 13.8% of the votes.

🙂 2. In The Merit of the Rafiah Tunnels: Economic Upswing in the Gaza (As a result of the tunnel work, and in contradiction to Hamas propaganda, not only is there no lack of food in Gaza, there is actually a surplus of some food products.) Nov 2, 2008 / By Arutz Sheva, Israel

(IsraelNN.com) The Rafiah tunnel system between Gaza and Egypt are known to facilitate the weapons influx into Gaza. But that is not the only thing they are used for: two recent articles in the British papers ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Independent’ detail the economic upswing that has come about through import of other goods through these tunnels, as well as the consequent stabilization of Hamas’ regime.
Gas and oil contraband has skyrocketed and has reached an influx of 15,000 liters of diesel a day. Some of the tunnels have had pipes installed which transfer Egyptian fuel for cars and for cooking, with prices for these products dropping significantly. Cash continues to flow in as well as large amounts of food. As a result of the tunnel work, and in contradiction to Hamas propaganda, not only is there no lack of food in Gaza, there is actually a surplus of some food products.
Israeli security officials say that there is a heightened Egyptian offensive against these tunnels which has managed to shut down a few tunnels and capture the operators. However, the effort is not nearly enough to stem the growing tide of the tunnel industry. One of the tunnel operators, whose tunnel is a mere 200 meters from an Egyptian guard tower, told the ‘Guardian’ that he imports “anything you can imagine.” The mayor of Rafiah, Isa Al-Nashar told the ‘Guardian’ that there are currently 400 tunnels operating in Rafiah, though some say the figure is closer to 600.
One of the tunnel operators told the ‘Independent’ that tunnel makers use Google-Earth to find a proper place to dig a new tunnel, and with the help of a collaborator on the Egyptian side, they are able to evade Egyptian security. Hamas uses these tunnels to bring in weaponry and terrorists as well as cash, fuel, and food. There is even a terrorist export system as Hamas sends out terrorists through the tunnels to attack Israel.
The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) reported that on September 21, its officers apprehended Gamal Abu-Duaba as he snuck into Israel through the Egyptian border. He told interrogators that he was sent from Rafiah into Egypt by Hamas with the intent to cross the Egyptian border into Israel and to kidnap an Israeli soldier.

🙂 3. FGM: Israel says, “The people of Gaza have plenty of food. They don’t need to go fishing” International Solidarity Movement, Palestinian Territories – Nov 6, 2008

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Larnaca. When members of the Free Gaza Movement sailed to Gaza in August, several accompanied fishermen aboard their small boats. Israeli gunboats regularly confine these boats inside a 6-mile Israeli-imposed limit. Although international law allows every Mediterranean sea territory fishing rights 12-20 miles offshore, Israel ignores those laws and has killed at least 14 fishermen over the past few years.
“All we ever wanted to do was fish,” said one as he fixed his nets. “We can’t feed our families or make money doing what our ancestors have done for thousands of years.”
Over the next two months, internationals reported and video taped several incidents of machine-gun fire and water-cannon attacks. Around 8:00 am, on October 31, ten internationals joined the fishermen as witnesses. By 8:30, the two lead boats had passed the Israeli limit. “The second boat was about 100 yards away from us when it was attacked for 30 minutes by a high-pressure water cannon from an Israeli warship. The spray was so powerful you couldn’t even see the boat,” said David Schermerhorn.
Throughout the day, as the men continued to fish, boats were hit so severely by high-pressure water cannon that only makeshift shutters and mattresses prevented the wheelhouses from flooding and windows from exploding onto the men. Within minutes, the Israeli water-cannon boat was joined by another gunboat, machine gun mounted in back. The gunner blasted multiple rounds within a meter of the fishing boat. Despite continued machine-gun fire, water cannons and three Israeli gunboats circling like sharks, the fishermen stayed out 10-11 miles for a catch.
When Angela Godfrey-Goldstein called Shlomo Dror, Israeli Ministry of Defense spokesman, to tell the Navy to stop machine gunning barely a meter over the heads of fishermen and internationals, he accused the rights advocates of being provocateurs, terrorists, supporters of Hamas. “The people of Gaza have plenty of food. They don’t need to go fishing,” he snarled.
“When the Ministry of Defense learns that this voyage brings a delegation of European parliamentarians, maybe he will begin to “get it.” Average citizens of the world, even decision makers, are up in arms, non-violently, against the collective punishment, the state terrorism of the Israeli government. And we are restoring dignity to those abandoned human beings, just as we would have wanted to do in the past to others in other ghettoes” said Godfrey-Goldstein.
“I had only heard about these episodes before I came to Gaza. I can’t begin to tell you the horror these men face every day by bullies in the Israeli Navy,” added an outraged Schermerhorn. “What risks they take we don’t even know about. The good news was the fishermen were ecstatic when they pulled up the nets. It was one of the largest catches they had had in years.”

🙂 4. Eleven European lawmaker leave Gaza via sea International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Nov 9, 2008

Eleven members of various European Parliaments will return to the port of Larnaca on Tuesday, November 11 between 8:00 and 9:00 am on board the DIGNITY. The group had been part of a larger delegation of 53 parliamentarians who were prevented from entering Gaza earlier this month by the Egyptian government.
After being denied entry, they traveled to Gaza on the DIGNITY, a human-rights ship organized jointly by the Free Gaza Movement and the European Campaign to End the Siege. It was the third such voyage since August to challenge Israel’s stranglehold on the Gaza Strip.
“The siege of Gaza is an illegal and immoral act of collective punishment imposed on the civilian population of the Gaza Strip for the ‘crime’ of voting in internationally supervised elections for a party not supported by the Western powers,” said Ms. Short, the former British Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to May 2003. “We have visited hospitals and schools here, and I can testify first-hand to the suffering that has been forced upon the Palestinians of Gaza.”
Also on board are eight Palestinians who have been denied exit for medical treatment or to pursue their studies at universities.
One elderly couple is going to Germany.
The husband had a stroke last year, and his arm is paralyzed. He was not allowed out for treatment through Rafah or Eretz, and he has not seen his children, who live in Germany, since the siege began two years ago.
One student was prevented from going to Germany and was turned back from Rafah a few days ago even though he has German passport. He is going to continue his studies in Germany, and is just one of 700 Palestinian students who have visas to study at universities in Europe who has been forbidden to leave Gaza by Israel and Egypt, another example of the collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza.
Greta Berlin, one of the organizers in Cyprus stated, “These eight Palestinians are just a small number of people who are being held captive by Israel, denied the right to leave through Rafah by Egypt, and punished for resisting the Israeli government’s brutal occupation. It’s time the rest of the world stands up against this immoral siege and does something to stop the deteriorating conditions in Gaza

🙂 5. Nonviolent Palestinian demonstration as blackout hits Gaza Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories – Nov 11, 2008

🙂 6. Ramon+Friedmann: Shell ‘launch pad’ Gaza villages Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 11, 2008
Talkbacks for this article 56
1. Finally! – At last the government is doing something to encourage the ordinary residents of Gaza to not allow Hamas and other terrorists to launch missiles at Israel from their town. There’s also the added benefit of making them shoot from farther away somewhat limiting their range. / Isaac – (11/11/2008 05:44)
2. BUT IF THE GAZANS LEAVE, THERE WILL BE NO ONE TO KILL – And what if some can’t leave, like the elderly and infants? Then you’ll be killing them instead of the terrorists. / abe – usa (11/11/2008 06:20)
3. Punishment for Terrorists? – Gee-a response of strength? Does the IDF and Israel have it in them? And what about all of the fallout from “world-opinion” (which of course, will be BS), as well as the BS and “hot-air” from leftist Jews in and outside of Israel? Well, we’ll all see, won’t we? / Mark – (11/11/2008 06:27)
4. Ramon Shell Launch pad villages – Then Israel will be accused of a disproportional response and condemned or don’t you people get it yet. Instead Israel should send kassams back over to the same villages this way it is not a disproportional response and the Palestinians that are allowing the shellings can’t say a thing and neither can the world community ! Because it is the same stuff they are sending over only Israel is returning them! Roxy – Israel (11/11/2008 06:42)
13. #4 Roxy. I endorse, but after numerous attempts, I don’t think they grasp the maths in that yet. – This will be a disaster because they don’t have the guts to go through with it to the end. They will buckle under when the press (especially BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera) and Human Rights get into the act. Then everyone will castigate them for their poor PR. They just want to do the same old things over and over and expect better results. Helen G – Canada (11/11/2008 09:21)
5, 17, 31, 42. This will never happen with the present Israeli government! – Its apolitical stunt by Ramon. It’s all talk, they (leftists) don’t have the guts or a back bone for that matter. Not gonna happen. / Reuben Sassoon – Israel (11/11/2008 09:50)
31. Never Will Shell Gaza (Agree with #5) – I agree with #5, RCrocker. Israel never will level villages with artillery shells. Its leaders are concerned about image and collective punishment against civilians is against the Geneva Conventions. Also Hamas and its allies are using human shields now, what makes you think a warning will change things?! Yes, rockets indiscriminately fired against Israel by irregulars (NOT in uniform) and hiding amongst civilians are against the Geneva Convention also … but is Israel ready to take the HIT in the UN for the “Collateral Damage” when as much as just 1 civilian is killed?! I think not.
Otis – USA (11/11/2008 15:05)
6. shelling – WHOA WHOA The justice minister and deputy prime minister overriding the cowardly defense minister. Finally something is said. Actions are a very far way off but words do awaken thoughts that Israel might start defending its citizens. Is this only political uttering????? Will the IDF start soldiering??? Will our canons warm up??? What will Livni do about world response????? ME THINKS IT IS BUT A LIE AGAIN / colin – israel (11/11/2008 07:20)
11. If you notify them in advance, – they’ll stuff the villages with large families, and have cameras ready when the smoke clears. It’s easy to be clever when you have Blair on your side. / JB – (11/11/2008 09:00)
15. Shelling – What will probably happen is the villages will fill up with women, children, the aged and infirm. / Daisy O’Byrne – Canada (11/11/2008 09:43)
16. Old idea – Alan Dershowitz had a simillar idea years ago (his was to give a day or two notice to the village from which a suicide bomber came and then raze the village). Of course, at the time, the left slammed him for it. If Israel had even partially implemented it then, we may not be in this mess today. / Yoni – Israel (11/11/2008 09:47)
18. BRING IT ON!! Now you’re talking. the people in the villages are in support of hamas anyhow, so lets not get teary eyed about this one. – This along with the Army’s decision to treat ALL of lebanon as a hizbollah terrorist base is the way to exact a price from this murderous scum. Asymetric warfare requires a different approach and this signals it. And as for so called ‘world opinion’ – treat it with the disdain it deserves!! / Dorian – south africa (11/11/2008 10:00)
27. Why #4’s Popular Idea Is a Bad Idea+Spare Villages that Rat Out Hamas – Kassam’s are not very accurate. Hundreds of them have to be fired per kill. The result would be more dead civilians and a huge reduction in dead terrorists. Razing villages that are used as terrorist bases makes more sense, in practical terms, if not legal ones. However, I would recommend that villages be spared if the IDF receives a phoned in tip off, a certain number of minutes before Kassams are launched from a village used as a terror base. That would demoralize Hamas as well as give Gazan villagers a choice. / David Rochlin – USA (11/11/2008 13:41)
28. Permanent Buffer Zones with IDF permanently inside is the only solution. – IDF should cut-off South and North Ends approx. 5 km. each of Gaza Strip and 1-2 km Eastern boarder. Territorial debth will bring security! Artillery shelling alone with out following IDF permanently moving inn will not help. Empty territory is a vacuum. Someone has to fill this vacuum. / Sol – (11/11/2008 13:59) (JIWON: Frankly, I have no idea what this guy is talking about… *.*)
33. Where is Israeli info? – Why isn’t Israel pointing out that the poor, poor suffering Pals in Gaza have no shortage of material for rockets, nor a weapons shortage? Why not loudly and publicly ask if they can get all the weapons materials they want, why not food and medicine? Why not ask why Hamas deems it more important to get weapons than care for the Gazans? / Chuck A – USA (11/11/2008 15:52)
36. Discussing razing villages. What stupidity. All you need to do to stop the rocket is to announce that you will return fire to the location and warn – the locals not to let Hamas use their place to launch the rockets. And then, do it! Do it a few times and they will get the message. That will stop the rockets. The Pals have not stomach for the same treatment as Sderot. Discussing razing villages is stupidity incorporated. Never ceases to amaze me. Will someone please show this letter to someone in charge? Where is the common sense? / yasher – (11/11/2008 16:29) (JIWON: Frankly, I have no idea what this guy is talking about… *.*)
45. IT IS RIGHT OPTION BUT DO ISRAELIS REALLY READY TO DO THAT? – CREATING BUFFER ZONE IS GREAT OPTION TO STOP ROCKET’S RAIN. IS ISRAELI LIDERSHIP TO STRONG TO DO THAT OR ONLY CAN DECLARE AND DO NOTHING? Later buffer zone can be used for join business projects to see that mude of radical Islam has changed little bit and they ready to co-operate. / LEONID – US (11/11/2008 19:56)
47. Very stupid suggestions. – 1. Razing the villages is a higher order of magnitude of the house demolitions, already opposed by the rest of the world as “collective punishment”. 2. Shelling their towns would provide excellent propaganda for use against Israel, although it would not be all propaganda in this case. 3. Hamas has shown that when they receive notice from the IDF about a demolition, Hamas puts it on a loud speaker, calling for everyone to go to the target, so if you want to destroy a town, tell the you’re destroying a different town. How about just targeting terrorists and terror group leaders. How novel. / Dave in the US – (11/11/2008 20:25)
50. # 47 How about just targeting terrorists and terror group leaders. – You mean like the IDF has been doing for the last 60 years? Are you really so ignorant of what’s been going on in and around Israel over the last 60 years as to imagine that there’s anything “novel” about your suggestion? I suppose its news to you that the Gazans hide and protect the terrorists, who are their heroes. Remember the hero’s welcome that baby killer Olmert released received in Lebanon this past summer? You seem to have no idea what’s been going on this past year, let alone the past 60. / The other Bob – USA (11/11/2008 22:42)
54. Guts and Moral Fortitude – sorely lacking! – Forget forewarned village demolitions, there should only be one clear, load and unequivocal warning to the world in general and the Pals in particular. When we left Gaza it was our leap of faith for peace and all we’ve gotten is rockets and terrori. We said if even one rocket is launched post disengagement, we would retaliate severely and retake land. From now on any rocket or other such aggression will be treated as an act of war and will be severally and disproportionately answered. All boarders will be closed and no material assistance will be given to the enemy. AND THEN FOLLOW THROUGH. / Tom – (11/12/2008 01:41)

JIWON: Hope this journalist to report what has exactly been happening in this area and allow EVERYONE involved in this story, including Geneva Conventions, to think of the BEST way to protect Nonviolent Palestinian demonstration as blackout hits Gaza. BTW, do you follow Kadima’s Ramon? I found this article while following Dorit Beinisch and Daniel Friedmann. And then, I happen to agree all the opinions of JM Friedmann. What’s wrong with me? Now that he already announced his quitting the Knesset…

🙂 7. Israel to permit entry to Gaza in humanitarian cases only (Foreign reporters furious over Gaza ban) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 13, 2008
Talkbacks for this article 66
1-2. Journalists and entry to Gaza – Mus is an idiot. Israel has the right to close its border and its port of entry and departure to anyone trying to enter or leave the country. Is he saying that a soveraign state has no authority over who ebters and leaves and by which routes they do so? Tell that to the UK and any other country and they will laugh their heads off. If you want to enter the UK legally then you need to do so by an appropriate border control and if the UK authorities decide to close a particular port of entry and departure that is their legal right. The same applies to Israel. So Mus…grow up and get real!! Since when have journalists been above the law of the land in any country? / Ex-Golani – (11/13/2008 02:13)
3. the german journalist must remain in gaza, like alan johnson – Lets see the free press stay there for 4 monthes or a year. To show us where the katiusha/kassam are fired.To see how is life, like a christian or a secular in hands of hamas. How is medicare assistance to their people, or how ordinary people get a job. Easily to a show tour to demonize israel, and came back behind israel lines, defended by israel soldiers their rights of freedom and press freedom. I agree, dont let them go to gaza from israel. They can get there by boat or under the tunnels, and stay there. Thre is no forgein journalist in gaza for years. / mb – (11/13/2008 02:51)
4. It’s about time – Since the early days of the intifada, foreign journalists have been soldiers in the forefront in the war against Israel. / yaakov – USA (11/13/2008 04:12)
6. Entry to Gaza – If it is so important to enter Gaza, why don’t the journalists go via Egypt. Why is it that Israel is wrong and Egypt gets off doing the same. Oh that’s right, the journalists in Israel are mostly anti semetic that wish to only see Israel destroyed. / Mike – Canada (11/13/2008 05:44)
8, 19, 36. Go. Just don’t expect to be invited back to Israel / Let all the foreign “journalists” into Gaza and then NOT back into Israel. – Any state has a right to decide which guests to enter. In fact, states also decide who can leave. If journalists want to go to Gaza, Israel can be courteous and let them go; but Israel is under no obligation to permit them to return. You go to Gaza at your own risk; then find a way out — Egypt, for instance — and dont’ expect to be invited as a guest to return to Israel. / Nathan Szajnberg – Israel (11/13/2008 07:25)
9. Just too bad… – Whilst a free press is an ideal, in this case the freedom has been abused so often by the press that they become synonymous with Israel’s enemies. / David H – Israel (11/13/2008 08:13)
26. Let Hamas smuggle the journalists in through the tunnels dug from Egypt to smuggle weapons. That would make for a great story. – Janet K. – (11/13/2008 15:48)
31. Why Don’t They Enter Via Egypt? – I guess because they are allowed to vilify Israel in the eyes of the world and that makes better print than taking the 1 hr flight to Egypt. Besides, not unlike Alan Johnston, should they be kidnapped by the hands that feed them, they’d much sooner seek sanctuary in Israel than in Egypt. The nerve of us trying to secure our borders and save our citizens lives while we stop the “free press” from reporting Hamas fed news items for world publication. We’re a bad, bad lot. / Miri – Israel (11/13/2008 16:22)
45. Reason: High Alert of Terrorism – The JPost neglected to point this out. There is intelligence that there is a major terrorist plot. That is why the border is sealed. Shame on you JPost!
Bruriah Sarah – (11/13/2008 20:00)
53, 60, 61. Are Jews human? Please ask this question of all the humanitarians that wish to enter Gaza on humanitarian grounds. – Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann said on Thursday evening that humanitarian visits to the Gaza Strip should be approved only on the condition that the visitors meet with kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. The minister also said humanitarian delegations to Gaza should check the conditions of Schalit’s captivity, and stress to Hamas that the conditions in which the terror group is holding him constitutes a severe violation of international law. / Konrad G. – (11/13/2008 21:36)
64. # 31 – You have the best point of all – Amit – (11/14/2008 01:51)

Foreign journalists are furious over an IDF order that bars them from entering Gaza, which they say was imposed with no formal notice. (…) The Defense Ministry said no order had been issued to keep journalists as such from going to Gaza. “There is no decision not to allow journalists in,” said Peter Lerner, the spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Last Wednesday, in response to the renewal of Gazan rocket attacks, a decision was reached to allow entry only on the basis of humanitarian concerns, he said. Since journalists did not fit that category, they had not been let in, he said. In the two years since Hamas took over Gaza, Israeli journalists have been denied entry to the Strip, but except for brief periods, foreign journalists have been free to move in and out of the area, despite flare-ups of violence and the kidnapping of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston. Occasionally they had problems, but a ban had never lasted this long, said Mus. Foreign Press Association chairman Steven Gutkin said journalists had called him with complaints since last Thursday. Since then, he said, the association had appealed to the government to allow access, with no success. (…) “Now the total reporting is in the hands of the Palestinians. We want to be there to observe it with our own eyes,” he said.

🙂 8. Tunnels Story: ‘Today people want to eat and buy cheap goods from Egypt. Perfume, Viagra, Lions, Fuel and so on…’ (Number has risen in the past 2 years to nearly 1,000.) Jerusalem Post, Israel – Nov 14, 2008

(…) Once, Palestinian groups used the tunnels mainly to smuggle weapons into the Strip. But the tunnels have now become a vital tool in circumventing the Israeli commercial blockade of the district. It’s no wonder the tunnels are no longer a secret, and foreign journalists are being invited to visit them and interview their owners. Hamas and its supporters have managed – through a carefully planned PR campaign – to market the smuggling tunnels as the only available means to prevent “starvation” in the Gaza Strip. Hamas leaders have even begun referring to them as “Tunnels of Life” because large supplies of food and medicine are being brought through them into Gaza on a daily basis. The longer the blockade continues, the more sophisticated the tunnel-digging process becomes. (…) Underground smuggling has become one of the most profitable and sought-after professions in Gaza. (…) “Today there’s less demand for weapons in the Gaza Strip,” said a veteran Palestinian journalist who has been covering the tunnels story for over two decades. “Today people want to eat and buy cheap goods from Egypt. That’s why they are smuggling everything, including sheep, calves, lions, cigarettes, perfume, electrical appliances, food and even tens of thousands of Viagra pills.” Both Israel and Egypt seem to have wearied of battling the underground tunnel trade. The two countries today realize that this is a cat-and-mouse game that needs to be dealt with on more than one front. The major problem Israel and Egypt are facing is that there is no one in the Gaza Strip to restore law and order along the border. On the contrary, Hamas has long been involved in the smuggling business, and its members are said to control many of the tunnels in Rafah. Once, the smuggling business was mostly run by influential clans and criminals. Today, it’s an honor to be the owner of an underground tunnel, and many of the Gaza Strip’s respected businessmen are said to be part of the industry. The smugglers are boasting that they are actually performing “patriotic” deeds, since they are helping their people circumvent the Israeli embargo. Seventeen Palestinian diggers and smugglers who were killed when their tunnels collapsed in the past few months have been declared shahids (martyrs) by Hamas and their families. This makes the Egyptians reluctant to take tough measures against the smugglers, fearing they will be accused by the Arab world of complicity in the “siege” against Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians.

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My Mailing to European Countries Started…
🙂 Dear European Countries (WEDO in Europe) (From August 13 to Present).

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER after GAZA TRUCE

Please check collection of events:
🙂 Complete List: Happenings After Gaza Truce on June 19, 2008
(Dear WordPress, Please bring me back the normal editing tool!!! I am now too tired to edit all the links…)

Below are part of them.

PART 1, Palestine & Gaza
Hamas making $20 million a month from Gaza smuggling tunnels Haaretz, Israel – Aug 31, 2008
The Children of Gaza: Weaned on Fear and Trauma Arabisto.com, FL – Oct 17, 2008
Gaza women training as suicide bombers in case truce ruptures Aug 19, 2008 / By Haaretz (Islamic Jihad women vow to carry out suicide attacks should Israel reinvade the Gaza Strip.)
253 Palestinians Die Due to Lack of Treatment in Gaza WAFA – Palestine News Agency, Palestinian Territories – Oct 21, 2008
Palestinian group says Israelis killed 68 children in Gaza in year guardian.co.uk, UK – Oct 20, 2008
Hamas Claims That It Has Received A ‘Thank You’ Letter From Rice DigitalJournal.com, Canada – Oct 19, 2008

PART 2, Egypt & Two Palestines
Hamas, Fatah to meet Nov. 9 to advance reconciliation talks Ha’aretz, Israel – Oct 21, 2008
Egypt Proposes to Accept Arab Initiative Prensa Latina, Cuba – Oct 21, 2008
Hamas, Fatah Accept Cairo Plan Islam Online, Qatar – Oct 21, 2008
Egypt pushes for Palestinian unity government Ynetnews, Israel – Oct 20, 2008
Half of Palestinians Want Combined Election Angus Reid Global Monitor, Canada – Oct 19, 2008
Fatah: Hamas not to decide on reconciliation ahead of US elections Xinhua, China – Oct 19, 2008
Timeline of Hamas-Fatah struggle over Gaza The Associated Press – Oct 18, 2008
Hamas freezes Shalit’s talks to press Egypt Xinhua, China – Oct 18, 2008
Egypt Says Hamas Using Schalit Issue To Reopen Rafah Crossing RTT News, NY – Oct 16, 2008
Sources: Hamas has raised price of Shalit deal in wake of Kuntar release Haaretz, Israel – Oct 13, 2008
Hamas and Fatah Still at Loggerheads over Many Issues – Palestinian Source Asharq Alawsat, UK – Oct 13, 2008
Hamas retreats doubts over Egypt’s role in handling Palestinian crisis Xinhua, China – Oct 12, 2008
Failure of inter Palestinian dialogue would lead a disaster Xinhua, China – Oct 7, 2008
Hamas won´t recognize Abbas as President CCTV, China – Oct 6, 2008
Palestinian source: Shalit case – part of internal PA conflict Ynetnews, Israel – Oct 6, 2008
‘Hamas to declare its own Interim President’ Hindu, India – Oct 1, 2008
‘Gilad Schalit is a human shield for Hamas’ Jerusalem Post, Israel – Sep 3, 2008
Hamas rejects Arab deployment plan Aug 19, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post
Egypt: Rafah closed until Schalit freed Aug 15, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post, Israel
Hamas Denies Blocking Egyptian Mediation Aug 18, 2008 / By Prensa Latina, Cuba
Fatah-Hamas tensions surge after Gaza bombings Jul 27, 2008 / By Reuters India, India
As more Hamas terrorists blow up in Gaza, Fatah is blamed, not Israel Jul 25, 2008 / By Israel Insider, Israel
Diskin says Hamas using truce to plant mines in Gaza Ynetnews, Israel – Jul 23, 2008
Egypt enraged over Hamas claims it isn’t honest broker Jul 20, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post
Hamas: Germany will get us a better deal on returning Schalit Jul 18, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post

PART 3, Ceasefire Rattles as Rocket Strikes
Gaza crossings closed as Abbas removes intelligence chief to apease Hamas Al-Bawaba, Jordan – Oct 22, 2008
Israel closes Gaza crossings after rocket strike AFP – Oct 21, 2008
28th Kassam Attack Breaks Ceasefire–Again Arutz Sheva, Israel – Oct 21, 2008
Israel, Hamas Prepare for End of Ceasefire Arutz Sheva, Israel – Oct 21, 2008
(STORY CONTINUED…)
Hamas Says Israel Violating Gaza Truce at Deposed Government Meeting Jul 16, 2008 / istockAnalyst.com, OR
Israelis fed up with Palestinian truce violations Jul 13, 2008 / By Israel Today, Israel
Ceasefire rattled as Gaza rocket lands in Israel Jul 12, 2008 / GulfNews, United Arab Emirates
Israeli troops kill Gaza activist in first truce fatality Jul 10, 2008 / The News – International, Pakistan
Hamas made its first arrests of Palestinian rocket launchers since truce Jul 10, 2008 / Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY
Israel reopens Gaza border, mortar fire continues Jul 8, 2008 / The Associated Press
Israel closes Gaza crossings in response to rocket Jul 4, 2008 / The Associated Press
Truce violated once again as Qassam hits Negev Jun 30, 2008 / Ynetnews, Israel
New rocket strike on Israel as Gaza truce enters second week Jun 29, 2008 / Anorak.co.uk (satire), UK
Israel reopens Gaza border, Hamas looks to truce Jun 28, 2008 / Reuters South Africa, South Africa
Palestinian factions argue about ceasefire Jun 28, 2008 / Tehran Times, Iran
Hamas: Truce violators in Gaza will be arrested Jun 28, 2008 By Haaretz
Israel Keeps Gaza Crossings Closed as Palestinian Militants Fire Rockets Jun 27, 2008 / By Voice of America
Hamas slams Gaza rocket attack as crossings stay closed Jun 27, 2008 / By AFP
Haniyeh: We can’t – and won’t – stop smuggling into Gaza Jerusalem Post, Israel – Jul 20, 2008

PART 4, Hamas grip on Gaza-andthen-WestBank
Hamas grip on Gaza hardens: peace outlook bleak The Associated Press – Oct 18, 2008
Hamas government reinforces control over Gaza Strip media Reporters without borders (press release), France – Oct 15, 2008
Hamas arrests more journalists in Gaza Menassat, Lebanon – Oct 14, 2008
Hamas to bar protesting Gaza teachers from returning to work GulfNews, United Arab Emirates – Oct 14, 2008
Prime Minister Haniya denounces PA actions against Hamas in West Bank International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Oct 14, 2008
New Terror Group Unveiled in Gaza; Hamas Denies (‘Hizballah Brigades of Palestine’ – new Gaza-West Bank terror group) The Media Line, NY – Oct 5, 2008
Abbas reportedly resisting pressures to expel Hamas from West Bank Jerusalem Post, Israel – Sep 30, 2008
(STORY CONTINUED…)
Hamas tightens its hold on the Gaza Strip Aug 10, 2008 / By ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland
Middle East: ‘Almost every prisoner is told to get money or weapons’ (‘We’re facing two occupations, an Israeli one and a Palestinian one.’) Jul 28, 2008 / By Guardian.co.uk, UK
Fatah-Hamas tensions surge after Gaza bombings Jul 27, 2008 / By Reuters India, India
As more Hamas terrorists blow up in Gaza, Fatah is blamed, not Israel Jul 25, 2008 / By Israel Insider, Israel
Diskin says Hamas using truce to plant mines in Gaza Ynetnews, Israel – Jul 23, 2008

PART 5, Gaza’s Lifelines
Gaza’s smuggling tunnels mean big business ABC Online, Australia – Oct 21, 2008
Tunnel owners get legal in Gaza Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA – Oct 17, 2008
Hebron tunnel was loaded with explosives, weaponry Jerusalem Post, Israel – Oct 16, 2008
Egypt destroys 10 Gaza smuggling tunnels France24, France – Oct 14, 2008
Scores of Egypt-Gaza tunnels, (at least 50), operating openly World Tribune – Oct 14, 2008
Gaza banks ‘close to collapse’ The Press Association – Oct 12, 2008
Shin Bet bars Jews in Physicians for Human Rights from entering Gaza Jerusalem Post, Israel – Oct 7, 2008
International aid to the Palestinians requires a fundamental overhaul Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon – Oct 7, 2008
Tunnel smuggling booms in Gaza USA Today – Oct 7, 2008
Egypt police stops aid convoy to Gaza Jerusalem Post, Israel – Oct 6, 2008
Israeli-Arab groups want Hamas money Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY – Oct 6, 2008
Gaza trip postponed (Protesters delay new trip from Cyprus to Gaza) Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus – Sep 26, 2008 (The passenger list includes Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead McGuire, Palestinian Legislative Council member Mustafa Barghouti)
Israel, Egypt won’t let Blair’s sister-in-law leave Gaza by land Haaretz, Israel – Sep 3, 2008
Hamas making $20 million a month from Gaza smuggling tunnels Haaretz, Israel – Aug 31, 2008
Gaza`s Lifelines – Tunnels to Egypt Keep Hamas in Business Aug 6, 2008 By EuropeNews, Denmark
Concern over leftist plan to break Gaza blockade (Israel fears European ship may sail to Gaza to ‘break siege’) Jul 28, 2008 / By Haaretz
International activists plan to challenge Israel’s Gaza blockade Jul 28, 2008 / By Earthtimes (press release), UK
Middle East: ‘Almost every prisoner is told to get money or weapons’ (‘We’re facing two occupations, an Israeli one and a Palestinian one.’) Jul 28, 2008 / By Guardian.co.uk, UK
Poverty pushing people into Hamas militia Jul 25, 2008 / By Independent, UK
Over half of Gaza’s households living below poverty line, says UN Jul 25, 2008 / By Business Intelligence Middle East (press release), United Arab Emirates

PART 6, Who is blaming whom? Where, When & Why?
Hamas blames Israel for stagnation of peace talks RIA Novosti, Russia – Oct 20, 2008
Haneya: Fatah attitude towards dialogue “uncomfortable” Xinhua, China – Oct 16, 2008
Egypt Says Hamas Using Schalit Issue To Reopen Rafah Crossing RTT News, NY – Oct 16, 2008
Prime Minister Haniya denounces PA actions against Hamas in West Bank International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Oct 14, 2008
Hamas retreats doubts over Egypt’s role in handling Palestinian crisis Xinhua, China – Oct 12, 2008
Hamas blames Israel for stalled Schalit talks The Associated Press – Oct 9, 2008
Fateh accuses Hamas of arresting one of its leaders in Gaza International Middle East Media Center, Palestinian Territories – Oct 1, 2008
‘Hamas wants Egypt out of Schalit talks’ Jerusalem Post, Israel – Sep 11, 2008
Hamas: Talks to free Gilad Schalit frozen because of Israel, Egypt Jerusalem Post, Israel – Sep 3, 2008
Hamas Denies Blocking Egyptian Mediation Aug 18, 2008 / By Prensa Latina, Cuba
Hamas blames Gaza tunnel deaths on Egypt Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates – Aug 11, 2008
As more Hamas terrorists blow up in Gaza, Fatah is blamed, not Israel Jul 25, 2008 / By Israel Insider, Israel
Egypt enraged over Hamas claims it isn’t honest broker Jul 20, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post

DEAR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY,

JIWON:
Could you please read the articles below AGAIN after checking ALL the happenings INSIDE ONE ISRAEL and TWO PALESTINES?

Am I cold-blooded if I keep insisting that getting-wealthy Hamas leaders should take care of their starving people ‘inside GAZA’? Am I too much paranoid if I happen to suspect if British former prime minister Tony Blair is using even his wife’s relatives to advance his political career in a getting-worse political-battle in his homeland, the Great Britain?

With no doubts, EVERYTHING EXCEPT MEDICAL SUPPLIES seems to be a part of Gaza’s smuggling tunnel-business. Without a second thought, healing The Children of Gaza: Weaned on Fear and Trauma is important, but is there really no way to let the Palestinian Public know ALL THE TRUTH? IMHO, This is rather a shortcut toward a Palestinian State; ONE PALESTINE. Well… I promised Hamas that I can work WITH Hamas in case this political party earns the most of Palestinian minds. Still, there is no change in my Palestinian decision. I just want to work FOR one Palestine.

The Merciful Who Confront the State Without Mercy Pacific Free Press, Canada – Oct 6, 2008

Collective punishment of GAZA by Israel is prohibited by international humanitarian LAW and should end immediately Just International, Malaysia – Oct 4, 2008 (Written by Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, who joined PART 5, Gaza’s Lifelines.)

Lauren Booth: Sister-in-law of former British prime minister Tony Blair:
In August 2008 she travelled to Gaza by ship from Cyprus, along with 46 other activists[3], to highlight the blockade of Gaza[4] and deliver hearing aids and balloons to a deaf school in Gaza. Lauren Booth elected to remain behind in Gaza, and was subsequently refused entry into both Israel and Egypt. She said that believed that, by refusing her the right to leave Gaza and return to her home country, Israel and Egypt were in breach of Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on Human Rights[5]. Booth also said that she believed the “situation in Gaza is a humanitarian crisis on the scale of Darfur” and called Gaza “the largest concentration camp in the world today,” though the Jerusalem Post suggested that a photograph of Booth in a well-stocked Gaza grocery “bel[ied] the grim picture she painted of the Strip”.[6][7] Booth left Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing into Egypt on 20 September.[8]

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Concern over leftist plan to break Gaza blockade (Israel fears European ship may sail to Gaza to ‘break siege’) Jul 28, 2008 / By Haaretz
International activists plan to challenge Israel’s Gaza blockade Jul 28, 2008 / By Earthtimes (press release), UK

JIWON: This is part of my previous mail to ‘Israel, Palestine, and UN/EU,’ Dear Barenboim’s UN, EU, and First Lady of Israel (Mar 10, 2008) :

Dear Sirs,
It’s been years. How many articles do you think I have read and now remember? I’ve already told you that in those days I didn’t skip a day until I read “Intifada Generation.” Among them, I only remember two. (I really regret not to save those. I hope someone to find what I remember, since both articles were in the Jerusalem Post.)
1. Some naïve volunteers in Palestinian area are contributing anything but practical peace process between I & P. Rather, they are spoiling P. public mind. There should be a clear vision of how to perform their humanitarian ideas, or their sentimentalism will destroy Palestinian dream in the long run.
2. The starting point of the Roadmap should be the establishment of Palestine State. Or the cycle will continue.
I am not here to insist something. I only want to show you what I organized in recent days. My research is purely based on all the events I’ve observed in those days. Time passed. I resumed my work. Is there any change since then? For your convenience, I started reading your articles during the middle-or-end of Clinton era. And then, I belong to neither Israel nor Palestine, but the third party.
(… Articles…)
These are nothing special. It’s been years. Has anything worked to halt the Hamas?

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Palestinian Authority Might Declare Gaza ‘Rebel Region’ Jul 28, 2008 / By Asharq Alawsat, UK
Middle East: ‘Almost every prisoner is told to get money or weapons’ (‘We’re facing two occupations, an Israeli one and a Palestinian one.’) Jul 28, 2008 / By Guardian.co.uk, UK
Middle East: Palestinians ‘routinely torture’ rival detainees Jul 28, 2008 / By Guardian.co.uk, UK
Fatah, Hamas arrest each other’s members in Gaza / West Bank July 28, 2008 / By ABC Online, Australia
Hamas accuses Mohammed Dahlan’s group for carrying out deadly Gaza blast Jul 28, 2008 / By Haaretz
Fatah-Hamas tensions surge after Gaza bombings Jul 27, 2008 / By Reuters India, India
Hamas Uses Truce To Stock Up On Missiles, Explosives & Weapons Jul 27, 2008 / By Infolive.tv, Israel
As the situation between Hamas and Fateh worsens in Gaza the Israelis do not let up Jul 27, 2008 / By Palestine News Network, Palestinian Territories
As more Hamas terrorists blow up in Gaza, Fatah is blamed, not Israel Jul 25, 2008 / By Israel Insider, Israel

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Top PA officials to Post: ‘PA on the brink of bankruptcy’ Jul 28, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post
UN Report: Palestinian Economy – Worst Performing in the Region Jul 28, 2008 / istockAnalyst.com, OR
UN report: At 45%, Gaza unemployment is highest in the world Jul 28, 2008 / By Haaretz
Poverty pushing people into Hamas militia Jul 25, 2008 / By Independent, UK
Over half of Gaza’s households living below poverty line, says UN Jul 25, 2008 / By Business Intelligence Middle East (press release), United Arab Emirates

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Diskin says Hamas using truce to plant mines in Gaza (Ynetnews)
Diskin: Hamas taking advantage of truce to booby trap Gaza
Diskin: Hamas booby trapping Gaza Strip
Jul 22, 2008 12:45 | Updated Jul 23, 2008 0:25 / By REBECCA ANNA STOIL

Hours before an east Jerusalem resident launched another terrorist attack in the heart of Jerusalem, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin warned the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that east Jerusalem neighborhoods on either side of the security fence were becoming havens for terrorists.

“We need less manpower to make an arrest in a refugee camp in Jenin than we do to launch a similar operation in [the Jerusalem neighborhood of] Shuafat,” he said.

Diskin told MKs a leadership vacuum existed in those neighborhoods, and called on decision-makers to fill that vacuum. He also called on MKs to renew the policy of demolishing or sealing terrorists’ homes, arguing that without such a policy, there was little to deter Jerusalem residents from carrying out attacks. “If you don’t begin to do so, Jerusalem will quickly become a serious problem,” he said.

Diskin painted a dim picture of internal security, noting that their have been more terrorist attacks in the first half of 2008 than in either 2006 or 2007.

So far, he said, 30 Israeli soldiers and civilians had been killed in terrorist attacks since the beginning of the year, whereas 13 were killed throughout all of 2007.

Diskin said since the peak year of 2002, the use of suicide bombers in terrorist attacks had dramatically declined. In 2002, 53 terrorist attacks had been recorded; in 2008, there had been only one – the February bombing in Dimona. He attributed the decline to increased security operations and to the security fence.

Diskin was particularly harsh in describing the situation in the Gaza Strip, arguing that he had always opposed the idea of a cease-fire with Hamas.

“Gaza has maintained its position as the main producer of terrorism,” he said, adding that any operations in Gaza without holding onto land afterwards would not deter terrorist attacks.

Before the cease-fire, Diskin said, Hamas had been in a “very serious state, but Israel gave them a lifeline” by opening up crossings and relaxing attacks on the terrorist infrastructure.

“Hamas’s strengthening shouldn’t be measured by steps but by entire floors,” he said, adding that the current quiet on the Gaza periphery was a temporary illusion.

Diskin said the cease-fire had damaged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, strengthening pre-existing internal pressure to hold talks with Hamas.

Terrorist groups in Gaza, he said, have continued to increase their weapons capabilities, including smuggling Iranian-made mortars and building rockets that – according to some intelligence indications – may have a 30-kilometer radius, allowing them to reach Ashdod.

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Analysis: Egypt enraged over Hamas claims it isn’t honest broker Jul 20, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post

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JIWON: My Official Mail to Knesset
Schalit Is Still Alive… (Regarding Hizbullah/Schalit-Deal) (From Jun 13 to Present)

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Hamas Says Israel Violating Gaza Truce at Deposed Government Meeting Jul 16, 2008 / istockAnalyst.com, OR
Israelis fed up with Palestinian truce violations Jul 13, 2008 / By Israel Today, Israel
Gunman opens fire in Jerusalem Jul 13, 2008 / By Arab Times, Kuwait
Ceasefire rattled as Gaza rocket lands in Israel Jul 12, 2008 / GulfNews, United Arab Emirates
First Fatality in Gaza Since Truce Jul 10, 2008 / New York Sun, United States
Israeli troops kill Gaza activist in first truce fatality Jul 10, 2008 / The News – International, Pakistan
Hamas made its first arrests of Palestinian rocket launchers since truce Jul 10, 2008 / Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY
Israel reopens Gaza border, mortar fire continues Jul 8, 2008 / The Associated Press
Israel closes Gaza crossings in response to rocket Jul 4, 2008 / The Associated Press
Truce violated once again as Qassam hits Negev Jun 30, 2008 / Ynetnews, Israel
New rocket strike on Israel as Gaza truce enters second week Jun 29, 2008 / Anorak.co.uk (satire), UK
Israel reopens Gaza border, Hamas looks to truce Jun 28, 2008 / Reuters South Africa, South Africa
Palestinian factions argue about ceasefire Jun 28, 2008 / Tehran Times, Iran
Hamas: Truce violators in Gaza will be arrested Jun 28, 2008 By Haaretz
Israel Keeps Gaza Crossings Closed as Palestinian Militants Fire Rockets Jun 27, 2008 / By Voice of America
Hamas slams Gaza rocket attack as crossings stay closed Jun 27, 2008 / By AFP

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Analysis: Fortress Gaza
Jul 2, 2008 23:10 | Updated Jul 2, 2008 23:13 / By JONATHAN SPYER
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Since the agreement on the tahadiyeh (lull) was reached between Hamas and Israel on June 19, the border crossings between Israel and Gaza have already been closed six times in response to Palestinian rocket fire. Israeli officials acknowledge that none of these attacks was carried out by Hamas. Hamas, nevertheless, is keeping itself busy.

The organization’s military wing is putting in place preparations based on a comprehensive strategy for facing an expected eventual large IDF operation into Gaza. Hamas gunmen are training extensively to play their allotted roles within this strategy.

The model for Hamas is Hizbullah’s preparations for and conduct of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The evidence suggests that Hamas is using its uncontested control in Gaza to effect a qualitative change in its abilities and ambitions.

Hamas’s strategy derives at the highest level from the group’s muqawama (resistance) doctrine. According to this view, Israel’s Achilles’ heel is its inability to absorb large numbers of military and civilian casualties. Hamas believes Israel’s will can be broken through attrition and a steady toll of unexpectedly high numbers of both military and civilian casualties.

In the event of a major IDF incursion into Gaza, Hamas would seek to maintain a steady rain of rockets on Israeli communities around the Strip and to break the sense of armored and air invulnerability hitherto enjoyed by Israeli forces engaging with its fighters. Hamas would of course also try to inflict steady losses of 4 to 10 casualties per day on IDF’s ground forces during the fighting. Looking to the 2006 model, the movement’s planners believe that achieving these goals could be sufficient to break Israel’s will.

To make this possible, Hamas is feverishly training as well as acquiring relevant weapons systems – of a type far superior in quality to those previously associated with the organization.

The weapons systems on which Hamas is thought to be currently training in the Gaza Strip include a wire-guided anti-tank missile, probably the AT-3 Sagger, and additional anti-tank guided missiles: the AT-4 Spigot, the tripod-fired AT-5 Spandrel and the shoulder-fired AT-14 Spriggan – all useful against armor. All these systems have ranges of several kilometers.

In addition, Hamas is thought to have brought into Gaza large numbers of RPG-29 Vampir handheld anti-tank grenade launchers with a range of 500 meters, which are capable of penetrating reactive armor and are considered far superior to the RPG 7 systems used by the movement in the past.

Hamas is also developing improvised explosive devices, i.e. bombs. The organization possesses an Iranian-developed, locally-produced system known as the Shawaz explosively-formed penetrator that it says can penetrate 20 cm. of steel. Hamas also claims to possess air defense missiles, though no information could be obtained on their nature or the veracity of the claim. Imports from Iran and Syria and local production are all playing a role in the movement’s development of its arsenal.

In addition to arming Gaza to the teeth, Hamas is recruiting fresh fighters. Once again, the model is Hizbullah, and the intention appears to be to develop a force part-way between a regular army and a guerrilla force, of the type developed under Iranian tutelage by the Shi’ite Lebanese group. Extensive recruitment has been taking place in the past month. New fighters have been accepted to both the Izzadin Kassam Brigades – Hamas’s long-standing military wing, and to the Executive Force – the newer group created since Hamas’s election victory in January 2006.

The latter force played the key role in Hamas’s rout of Fatah in its 2007 coup. Hamas claims to have around 20,000 men under arms, though some sources suggest that the number may be higher. Again, both Iran and Syria are thought to be playing a role in providing advanced training to cadres from both of these organizations: around 1,000 Hamas men are thought to have trained in one of these countries in the last months.

What does Hamas’s attempt to create “Fortress Gaza” mean? Its political leaders have consolidated their rule internally vis-à-vis other Palestinian forces. They are thought to face a certain problem from yet more radical Sunni Islamist currents among both the rank and file fighters and commanders of their own military organizations. But for the moment, with no serious internal challenge, Hamas is digging in.

The Hamas rulers believe that Israelis want only peace and quiet, which makes them both vulnerable and deterrable. Thus, Hamas is seeking to create a solid shield around its Gaza fiefdom that can be turned into a weapon of attack at a time and situation of its choosing.

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Haniyeh: We can’t – and won’t – stop smuggling into Gaza
Jun 20, 2008 19:48 / By JPOST.COM STAFF
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh denied on Friday that Hamas agreed to stop weapons-smuggling efforts on Gaza’s border with Egypt, and claimed that it was incapable of such action.
Speaking to worshipers participating in Friday prayers, Haniyeh said: “We cannot stop the smuggling because it is beyond our ability as a government, and we made no commitments on the issue.”

‘Hamas can’t stop weapons-smuggling’
Jun 20, 2008 19:48 | Updated Jun 21, 2008 4:38 / By JPOST.COM STAFF
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh denied on Friday that Hamas had agreed to stop weapons-smuggling efforts on Gaza’s border with Egypt as part of the cease-fire deal with Israel, and claimed that it was incapable of such action.
According to a Reuters report, Haniyeh – speaking to worshipers ahead of Friday prayers in Gaza City – said: “We cannot talk about stopping smuggling because it is something beyond our ability as a government and we did not give a commitment in this regard.”
Haniyeh added that Hamas would not force other organizations in Gaza to abide by the truce, but added that they had nevertheless agreed to it voluntarily.
In response government spokesperson Mark Regev said that the cease-fire agreement included a halt to weapons-smuggling and to attacks by all Gaza groups.
“Anyone who says otherwise apparently wants to destroy the calm before it has a chance to really succeed,” he said.

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