By Jim Fletcher
As Arab terrorists become more sophisticated in their technology, the Israelis are forced to spend a ridiculous amount of time defending themselves. Just last week, the government warned Israelis to get out of the Sinai, as terror groups were looking to kidnap tourists and use them as bargaining chips.
And, the past week was a microcosm in the decades-long terror war launched by the Arabs against the Jewish state. What many people don’t realize is that there is literally no let-up in the ferocity of attacks against Jews in the Middle East. One can read memoirs of Israeli soldiers and one of the constants is the need to be vigilant on the borders.
According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (www.terrorism-info.org.il):
The Hamas-affiliated columnist Mu'min Bseiso criticized what he called the ‘anarchy’ in the decision-making process concerning firing rockets at Israel. He criticized Hamas' rocket fire on March 19 (when 49 mortar shells were fired into the western Negev), after which, he said, other [terrorist] organizations began firing and Hamas lost control of the situation. He also denounced the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's attacks on Beersheba and Ashdod, calling them a waste of ‘high cards.’ He said that rocket fire policy had to be decided jointly by the organizations on the basis of a clear strategy, and not based on tactical considerations intended to further private agendas (alresalah.net, March 28, 2011).Notice Bseiso wasn’t criticizing the terror war forced on Israel. He was criticizing strategies. This is classic internecine struggle among the Palestinian terror groups. For example, although Hamas is thought to be the most extreme, they in fact share identical ideology with not only Islamic Jihad, but also Fatah, of the Palestinian Authority.
Hardly anyone among international media find this alarming, disturbing, and unacceptable. They simply speculate as to the timeframe for Hamas to become mainstream in politics.
Hamas is a company of madmen and murderers.
A week ago, Hamas terrorist Dirar Abu Sisi was indicted for developing rockets for Hamas. Interestingly, Abu Sisi was trained in the Ukraine, where he “acquired professional knowledge in the field of high-trajectory weapons and their development,” although officially he was supposed to be studying electrical engineering!
Abu Sisi was involved in a whole host of weapons systems, from modifying Al-Qassam rockets so that they could double the range, to anti-tank missiles.
For those who insist there is a disconnect between religion and the activities of Islamist terrorists — to those who believe that Islam is primarily a political movement — it is also interesting to note that Abu Sisi developed a training curriculum for Hamas “comprising three fields of specialization: military, management and religion.”
In a further sick development, Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda has reported that Palestinian “Minister of Prisoner Affairs,” Issa Qaraqe, recently visited with families of prisoners. Qaraqe gave an award to the family of Abbas al-Sayid, a Hamas terrorist who planned the homicide bombing at the Park Hotel in 2002. Launched on the night of the Passover Seder, 29 Israelis were murdered, and 140 wounded.
Why isn’t our State Department condemning this unconscionable “award”? Why aren’t American Christian leaders — see Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Chris LaTondresse, founder of “Recovering Evangelical” (www.recoveringevangelical.com) — condemning the butchery sanctioned by the Palestinian leadership?
If these “leaders” counter that these acts of barbarity are in response to alleged Israeli sins — and they will — then they either don’t know the history of the Middle East conflict, or they don’t want to.
Mossad's secret war on Hamas - The Australian
Israel air strike takes out Hamas commander - World Tribune
Foreign Minister: Israel Should Topple Hamas - VOA News
‘Hamas wants to enhance status, doesn’t want Cast Lead' - Jerusalem Post
Hamas can't set terms of truce: Israel's Lieberman - Reuters