web analytics
August 4, 2015 / 19 Av, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Hamas Blames PA For Rocket Fire

Fear in Hamas as officials fear rocket fire could push Israel too far; Unity pact in danger
Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh (R) and Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L) announce a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014.

Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh (R) and Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L) announce a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014.
Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90

Hamas officials in Gaza have blamed the Palestinian Authority for the ongoing rocket fire from the Strip at Israeli civilians, and said the time may have come to break apart the month-old Palestinian Unity Government. Ahmed Yousef, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, told the Palestinian Ma’an news service that “From a political point of view, (Prime Minister) Rami Hamdallah is responsible and he can give orders to security services to intervene. Hamas is not ruling the Gaza Strip and so it’s not responsible for protecting borders.”

Hamas leaders have justified the rocket fire as an just response to Israeli “collective punishment” while searching for the killers of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, but they also recognize that Israelis are losing patience with the status quo, both in the Gaza Belt region and in Judea and Samaria. Some Israeli leaders have called to resume targeted killings of Hamas leaders, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal.

At least some Hamas leaders seem to internalise that point, and have moved in recent weeks to disassociate themselves from both the boys’ abduction/murder as well as the rockets that have accompanied Israelis subsequent manhunt, first for Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, and then for their killers.

Ahmed Yousef said Palestinian security forces had attempted to prevent rocket fire, but had not been very successful because “Israeli ‘aggression’ motivates some response, and we can’t ask these bereaved people to stop,” Yousef said.

So much for unity? 

Since the manhunt for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel began on June 13, terror cells have fired hundreds of rockets at civilian targets in Israel. Most have landed in open fields, but several homes and public building. In response to those attacks, Israeli Air Force drones and helicopter gunships have attacked terror cells in Gaza virtually every night.

In response to the ongoing Israeli air strikes, and to the ongoing political crisis between Hamas and Fatah, Ma’an reported that Hamas is considering leaving the unity agreement with Fatah and forming a separatist government in Gaza, to be led by Palestinian factions. Yousef said the lack of clear authority in Gaza has left a serious leadership vacuum.

“There is a political vacuum in the Gaza Strip which creates the atmosphere for security chaos, taking into account that the national consensus government has not taken even a single step toward ending political disagreement.

“In Gaza there are ministries without budgets as well as ministers and employees who don’t receive salaries. From a moral and national point of view everybody should work to end this state,” Ma’an quoted Yousef.

Ultimately, however, both Hamas and Israel may have little choice but to continue the status quo – Hamas will continue to fire missiles indiscriminately at Israel, likely with no real intention to harm people or property, and Israel will continue to hold its fire and will not strike strongly enough at Hamas to bring that organization to its knees.

According to Alex Fishman, a veteran Israeli defense correspondent, who wrote in the Hebrew-language Yedioth Aharonoth that eliminating Hamas at this stage would likely bring about a leadership vacuum in Gaza that would be filled by intentional jihadi groups such as ISIS.

And as for Hamas, an organization that is very much on the proverbial ropes after seven years in power, the rocket fire restores some of the organization’s credibility on the Palestinian street. For Ismail Haniyeh, the name of the political game is simple, and can be summed up in one word: survival.

But if the goal of leaving Hamas in power in Gaza is to a joint Israeli-Hamas interest, there is only one possible response: Such strange bedfellows makest the Middle East.

About the Author: Meir is a news writer for JewishPress.com - and he loves his job.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

20 Responses to “Hamas Blames PA For Rocket Fire”

  1. What horse sh-t! Hamas still has total control- now there’s a blame game? Looks like a falling out among thieves.

  2. Why talk to Hamas? What for? Doing something to them .

  3. Why talk to Hamas? What for? Doing something to them .

  4. James Gaus says:

    Bull roar. Hamas and Fatah sleep in the same bed. Cut off power and water and start leveling areas where the terrorists lurk. I’m sure that the Palestinians that really want peace will throw them out

  5. Hamas is firing the rockets cos they are pissed at PA. They did not get salaries as promised for joining unity governement. No honor among theives

  6. Let’s not cause this two to argue over it. Just bomb both and you’re bound to get the right guys.

  7. And guess what??? Barach Hussein Obama endorses The Palestinean Authority. He wants to send them millions. He is the traitor upsurper.

  8. And guess what??? Barach Hussein Obama endorses The Palestinean Authority. He wants to send them millions. He is the traitor upsurper.

  9. And guess what??? Barach Hussein Obama endorses The Palestinean Authority. He wants to send them millions. He is the traitor upsurper.

  10. Blame each other
    Who cares
    Just stop it

  11. Par for the course. Where are our Norwegians who keep blaming Israel? And the UN

  12. Destroy both. Simple like that.

  13. Aron Safran says:

    .
    When did these bass akward genetic defects develop a sense of humor?
    .
    While we’re at it, who cares? It needs to stop, one way or another.

  14. Gee, now they pass the buck to each other!!

  15. God Damn you Zionist Israel! Muslim army will march towards Jerusalem, kill every single IDF n wipe Israel out of the world map! InsyaAllah, the day will come. I am from Malaysia & will be at the front line, killing every single IDF n Zionist Jew! Victory is coming..embrace youself, the 3rd Intifadaa is coming! May Allah God Almighty struck fear in every single worthless heart of Zionist Jew! God damn you Zionist Israel! IsraHELL!

  16. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Kerry and Obama are you there?Can you read ?

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz
‘If I Were American. . .’ Steinitz Responds to US Energy Czar on Iran
Latest News Stories
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz

Minister Yuval Steinitz says “if he were American he would oppose the deal with Iran” and explains why.

An anti-Semitic poster seen in Europe.

A German neo-Nazi politician is accepted to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

Cafe Hillel Bombing 2003

The Obama administration may intervene in the NY federal district court judgment against the PA.

Playing tennis at the European Maccabi games

The Maccabi Games made it to Berlin but anti-Semitism was hardly left behind.

George Soros, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg have plopped down at least $1 million to Clinton’s super PAC.

The long-planned and long-delayed high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is getting closer Israel Railways has begun to lay tracks for the western section of the line in the Ayalon Valley, west of Jerusalem. The target date for launching passenger train on the new line is January 2018, 17 years after construction began. The […]

The Home Front Command for the first time has deployed female soldiers to guard the front lines in Shechem in Samaria.

The tourist supposedly waved an Israeli flag, at which point the Muslim mob tried to kill him.

The Obama administration also promises not sell F-35 to any other Middle East country – but for how long?

Meir Ettinger, the Shin Bet’s most wanted Jew, is suspected of leading a national underground revolutionary movement.

Israelis enjoy kayaking in the Jordan river in Northern Israel on August 2, 2015, as temperature reached 47 degrees Celcius in some parts of Israel.

New York Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice will vote against the Iran deal.

Arab terrorists threw firebombs at a Jerusalem car, severely burning the driver and two more people.

Some Israelis seem to have forgotten no one has yet tracked down the murderers of Ali Bawabsheh.

Americans oppose the Iran deal, and only a slight majority of Democrats support it.

More Articles from Meir Halevi Siegel
Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett.

Jewish Home leader blocks exhibition of dead bodies citing Jewish tradition to honor the dead; NIF objects.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Cabinet holds special session in Ashkelon, faces criticism from local residents, officials over lack of aid package

For two-and-a-half years, residents of the Golan Heights understood that domestic interests in Syria would keep war away from them.

4,000 dunams in G’vaot area declared state land, will open door for large construction project.

With Judeophobic attacks spiking around United Kingdom, local Jews say not enough done to enforce hate crime laws

Drug dealers suspected of aiding Hezbollah make inroads into Israel; smuggling attempts also included Jordan, Syria

Only time PLO seems interested in justice for Palestinians is when Israel is involved

For years, Binyamin Netanyahu’s views on negotiating with terrorists, and on negotiating under fire have been clear: In his defining treatise on the subject Terrorism: How the West Can Win, Netanyahu spelled out clear guidelines for dealing with the scourge of attacks on civilians. Amongst other principles, the then up-and-coming Likud leader said clearly that terrorists must […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-blames-pa-for-rocket-fire/2014/07/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: