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Report: Egypt in Undeclared War on Hamas, Kills 30, Arrests 200

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Egypt’s de facto interim military regime has attacked Hamas terrorists in the Sinai, killing more than 30 and placing approximately 200 others under arrest, according to the often reliable London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper

It quoted an Egyptian security official as admitting that the military is far from controlling the virtual anarchy that has reigned in the Sinai since the beginning of the revolutionary movement against the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Even though the Muslim Brotherhood founded the Hamas movement as an offspring, the ousted government of Mohammed Morsi was wary of Hamas, which is rivaled by other Islamic terrorist groups who are dead-set on creating chaos in Egypt as well as in Israel.

Dozens of terrorists from the Muslim Brotherhood movement, incensed by the military ouster of Morsi and the subsequent massacre of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood supports,  have joined Hamas terrorists in the Sinai.

“They enter Sinai through the tunnels to carry out attacks, along with others, and then return to Gaza through the tunnels. They take advantage of the surface and hide in the mountains,” he was quoted as saying.

Terrorist in the Sinai have frequently attacked Egyptian soldiers, killing more than dozen in one onslaught and kidnapping seven others as recently as last May.

The ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood is, so far, the best of both worlds for Israel. Still hated by most Egyptian leaders as well as the people, Israel can rely on a more stable government, democratically elected or not, than the Morsi regime that was running the country into the ground and creating a fertile ground for terrorists to exploit a vacuum of political strength.

Israel now has an undeclared ally against Hamas and is allowing Cairo to deploy heavy arms in the Sinai, a move which requires Israel approval as outlined in the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty of 1979.

TIME quoted Washington Institute for Near East Policy David Makovsky on Thursday as saying, “Israel sees the Egyptian military as a pro-peace lobby inside the Egyptian political system.”

There is one big and dirty fly in the ointment for Israel. What would happen if Hamas were to collapse in Gaza and Fatah, headed by chairman Mahmoud Abbas, were to rule as it did before the Hamas coup in 2007?

The division of Judea and Samaria from Gaza , both politically and geographically, makes a Palestinian Authority country virtually impossible. If Abbas were to regain popularity there,  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the European Union would have the ammunition to load up the guns of the “peace process” again.

Hamas Brings Tunnel Smuggling Know-How to Syrian Rebels

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Hamas has joined the Syrian rebels and has introduced its tunnel smuggling expertise while training rebels and fighting with them against its former ally Syrian President Bashar Assad, The London Times reported Friday.

Quoting anonymous Western sources, the newspaper stated, “The Qassam Brigades have been training units very close to Damascus. These are specialists. They are really good.”

Hamas reportedly is helping rebels build tunnels for weapons to be used on an assault on Damascus, Assad’s stronghold.

Syria hosts half a million Arabs classified by the United Nations as “Palestinian refugees,” whose support for Hamas would bolster its strength against its rival Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas denied the report and explained that one of its members who was killed outside Damascus last summer had left the terrorist organization.

Hamas’ London-based official Osama Hamdan stated, “We don’t interfere in the internal problems of Syria. Our members there are normal civilians, Syrian Palestinians, who live with their families there.”

However, it is “common knowledge” that Hamas agents are fighting with he rebels in refugee camps, according to a source in Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp

Sources also told the London newspaper that Qatar, which has donated a quarter of a billion dollars to Hamas in Gaza and has promised more, may have persuaded Hamas to join the civil war.

De facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in Cairo in February, almost at the same time the Emir of Qatar paid an historic visit to Gaza, “I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform.”

Hamas: Egypt Never Steered Us into Peace with Israel

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-egypt-never-stirred-us-into-peace-with-israel/2013/03/07/

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