Friday, June 20, 2008

Not promising

Ha'aretz reports:
Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that the Islamist group would not stop smuggling activities in the territory.
Of course, arms smuggling would break the ceasefire agreement, but Israel will be blamed. Israel will be the first to use actual violence, most likely as a justified and carefully staged police action. Then Hamas will commit acts of terrorism claiming Israel is to blame for breaking the ceasefire. Westerners will probably line up according to their pre-existing sympathies without concern for nuance. Or am I just being cynical today?

Update: Unsurprisingly, Islamic Jihad is launching Qassams from Gaza. Palestinian supporters will claim any attempt to stop it is a violation of truce. Is it any wonder Israel's supporters often claim Israel is denied any right to self defense?

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