By Ami Isseroff
Israel should have known that the
Of course it is all spin. Gazans are "escaping" from their "jail" to
It is all spin because terror groups almost always accomplish their work through spin and PR. Even the most spectacular and horrendous terror attacks do not conquer territory and do not generally conquer cities. They create mass panic and mass media attention. They give the terrorists media attention out of proportion to their real power by manipulating the media. But the spin has real results, and
The first "fact" was not created by Hamas, but by Israeli ineptitude.
The second "fact" was the participation of Hamas in the Palestinian elections, forced on
Alongside these facts, the fact of Palestinian rocket fire was established, and the ground rules of the game were written. The rules are - the Arabs fire rockets, and
In June, Hamas overthrew the Fatah in a bloody coup. Another fact was established, and once again
All the while, the rockets were pouring down on Sderot and the Western Negev, and the weapons were being smuggled into Gaza, Israel was supplying the needs of the Gazans, and the world was being treated to an unending PR campaign about the starving Gazans. All that
Here's how the latest Hamas "fact" was created:
A few hours before the steel wall along the border with
The intelligence warning the Egyptians were given was relayed while Hamas activists were busy laying the bombs. The Egyptian intelligence officials thanked the Palestinian officer and promised him that they would prepare accordingly, sources say.
One of the Palestinian border guards, Lt. Abu-Osama from the Palestinian National Security Service, said that the wall collapsed within a moment, after it was bombed in 17 different locations. "I saw them preparing for the moment of the explosion for months," said Lt. Abu-Osama. "It happened in the course of the day but it was concealed so that no one would see." When he was asked why he didn't report that, Lt. Abu-Osama replied: "It was the government that did that. Who was I going to report it to?"
The denouement of the latest Hamas "fact" is unclear.
On Saturday, Hamas made an offer to
"We are offering an alternative, which is the operation of Rafah crossing, and we are ready to coordinate this with the Egyptian government," senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told reporters, referring to a key terminal at a frontier town.
"The situation at the Rafah border is temporary and exceptional,
A Hamas source said free movement across Rafah "is expected to last as long as it takes for an understanding to be reached between Hamas and the Egyptian government over the re-operation"
Abbas has said he had a plan for assuming control of
Abbas, whose mandate is now effectively reduced to the West Bank, said he would urge Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to accept his offer at a meeting in
Another "fact on the ground" would be established. But this one would not be a little step in the accretion of deteriorating conditions. Like an evolutionary mechanism, many small changes would bring about a new and terrible species. Many small steps for Gazans into Sinai. A giant step for terrorism. Hamas would not gain only an open border through which it could freely import arms. Hamas would gain de facto recognition as the government of
And what would
Meanwhile here is another "fact" that may be about to be created:
Early Thursday, Jan. 24, American forces and equipment withdrew from the Multi-force Organization base at Al Gura northeast of al Arish when they learned from Egyptian contacts that Hamas had begun moving some of its elite units into the new stronghold. Washington and Cairo are discussing evacuating the entire base and its 400 multinational personnel, which monitors Sinai's demilitarization under the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, for fear of Hamas and al Qaeda missile fire and shelling of the base.
That is from Debkafiles, which we can choose to believe or not believe, but it could very well happen. As the
This is a major crisis that affects a vital Israeli security concern. It would bring into being a terrorist entity more vicious, if less powerful, than Nasser's
We could imagine what might have happened in the days of Yitzhak Rabin, David Ben-Gurion or Levi Eshkol. Foreign Ministers would be flying to
Placing the problem in the lap of the UN or the quartet or the
Doing nothing is not an option, but it appears to be the one chosen by the government.
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