This Ongoing War: A Blog
21 June '10
In today's Haaretz, there's an article entitled Hamas Official: Palestinians Should Fire at Israel from West Bank. Though we don't personally feel the need, it creates yet another opportunity to remind ourselves about who and what motivate the terrorists on the other side of the fence.
"Palestinians should initiate rocket attacks on Israel from the West Bank, Israel Radio quoted Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar as saying in an interview on Sunday. Zahar told the east Jerusalem newspaper Al Quds that the fact that "such launches should happen in the West Bank as well [as Gaza] is inevitable." He also stressed that Hamas would never change its policy, saying that the solution lies in "resistance"... The Hamas leader also stressed that Hamas would never change its policy, even if it won the next elections, saying that the solution lies in "resistance.""If we had been interested in forfeiting our rights, I would have been in Washington by now," Zahar told Al Quds." (21-Jun-10)
Elsewhere he is quoted asking: "Why should this fire come only from the Strip?" Meaning: why don't other people fire into the concentrations of Jews inside Israel? How come it's always left to us, here in Gaza, with our meagre resources? Why are our Fatah brethren in the West Bank not playing a larger role in this holy attempt at massacre?
Mahmoud al-Zahar is one of the innumerable "official" spokesmen of Hamas. He has served as foreign minister in the jihadist regime of Ismail Haniyeh and is frequently quoted and photographed in the international media, usually being described as a founder of Hamas, and - rather redundantly - as one of its militant hardliners. In yesterday's New York Times, he is said to be "perhaps the most influential Hamas leader in Gaza".
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