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Hamas: Egypt Never Steered Us into Peace with Israel

This could be Hamas attempt to make things harder for Morsi in his flirtation with the U.S.
The Egyptian Army has been flooding with sewer water the Gaza smuggling tunnels.

The Egyptian Army has been flooding with sewer water the Gaza smuggling tunnels.
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As was reported by countless news sources, the main reason cited by Secretary of State John Kerry for endowing Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi with close to $200 million to solve his immediate budgetary issues was “to encourage the work that he did with Israelis in getting the Gaza cease-fire.” Kerry was referring to an Egyptian-mediated truce that ended eight days of fighting in November between Israel and Hamas.

But on Thursday, a Hamas official spokesman announced that Egypt never asked Hamas to abandon its armed struggle against Israel.

“Hamas will not leave the armed struggle, and will not respond to this fabricated news,” Salah al-Bardawil told Ma’an.

This could very well be an attempt on the part of Hamas to make things a bit harder for Morsi in his recent flirtation with U.S. foreign policymakers. From where Hamas is standing, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have given them nothing but trouble in recent months.

Ynet reported on Thursday that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leadership and Morsi have been telling Hamas: Take an example from us, and “implement jihad in other ways.”

“The Egyptian leadership knows quite well that it is unacceptable to ask the Palestinian people to abandon their key tool to defeat the occupation,” al-Bardawil said.

In fact, since early February, the Egyptian Army, with or without the consent of the Brotherhood, has been flooding, with sewer water, the smuggling tunnels through which millions of dollars in goods and military equipment are imported into Gaza with import fees going into the Hamas coffers.

The Egyptian government said it was cutting arms smuggling that was destabilizing the Sinai peninsula, but it also cut a lifeline to the enclave’s blockaded residents.

Still, the Hamas official spokesman said the media campaign in Egypt and Israel is attacking the leadership both in Cairo and Gaza. The Egyptian opposition wants to undermine the Muslim Brotherhood by portraying Hamas as a burden to Egypt’s security, he said.

Al-Bardawil said the tunnel network was a response to exceptional circumstances due to Israel’s blockade, but insisted it did not undermine Egypt’s security.

Hamas seeks to preserve Egypt’s security as it maintains Palestine’s security, he added.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “Hamas: Egypt Never Steered Us into Peace with Israel”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    We of all people should know that in the Middle East one should pay attention to actions rather than words. Hamas can scream hostility all they want but the fact is that their tunnels are getting flooded and they went three months without firing a rocket.

  2. The whole world moves from trouble to trouble. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be preparing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well and Gaza seems more like an opportunity for Hamas to reload than it does a cease fire. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  3. Yori Yanover says:

    We of all people should know that 3 months is a hiccup. Meaningless.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    Agreed, but that is three months longer than any other ceasefire has held. In the past it has been rare to have had three DAYS without a rocket attack!

  5. Tim Upham says:

    Eventually, Egypt, the European Union, the United States, and the citizens of Gaza will be steering Hamas into peace with Israel. So Hamas better just drop their grandiose verbiage.

  6. Tim Upham says:

    But is not Hamas gagging on that hiccup? Choking on their own bellicose verbiage.

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