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Israel Foils Hamas Assassination of Abbas

I guess this was just a matter of time. After all, what else can be expected when a bunch of terrorist thugs are running the Palestinian government.

A HAMAS plot to assassinate Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has been thwarted after he was tipped off by Israeli intelligence.


Hamas's military wing, the Izza Din Al-Qassem, had planned to kill Abbas at his office in Gaza, intelligence sources said.

Abbas, who became president of the Palestinian Authority last year after the death of Yasser Arafat, was formally warned of the danger by the Israelis and cancelled a planned visit to the territory.

The murder plan is the clearest sign yet of the tensions inside the Palestinian Authority between Hamas, which swept to power after elections in January, and Abbas's Fatah movement.

Hamas leaders, who refuse to recognise the state of Israel, suspect Abbas of obstructing their attempts to govern, which have been hampered by a financial boycott from donor nations. "Hamas considers Abbas to be a barrier to its complete control over Palestine and decided to kill him," said a Palestinian source who was an adviser to Arafat and is a close acquaintance of Abbas.

How long is Mahmoud Abbas going to continue with this charade called the Palestinian government?

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Hamas' refusal to denounce terrorism and its goal to destroy Israel caused the United States and the EU to stop funding to the Palestinian government. The lack of funding is creating anger in the Palestinian population:

Hundreds of Palestinians staged strikes and demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Saturday to demand payment of overdue salaries to government workers, in the first public signs of discontent with the Hamas-led Cabinet's handling of a growing financial crisis.

Dont' feel too sympathetic toward the Palestinian people. They elected the terrorist organization to run their government.

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In between its assassination attempts against its own president and its plans to destroy Israel, what else is Hamas doing? Take a look:

AMMAN - The Hamas-led government in the Palestinian territories has refused a Jordanian request for it to send a delegation to Amman to examine evidence against members of the militant movement who allegedly smuggled weapons, Palestinian and Jordanian officials said Sunday.


Three weeks ago, Jordan said it arrested several Hamas members and discovered their weapons, which were allegedly smuggled from neighboring Syria. The government declined to reveal how many activists had been arrested or what their nationality was, saying that may harm the pursuit of other suspects at large.

The government later said it had found more arms, including TNT explosives, and LAW rockets - light anti-tank weapons.

Atta Khairy, top Palestinian diplomat in Jordan, told The Associated Press that the Hamas government informed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that it was "not interested" in taking part in a delegation expected in Amman on Wednesday for a briefing on alleged Hamas plots to target Jordan.

Instead, the officials said they wanted Jordan to communicate directly with the Hamas leaders exiled in Syria "because they were accused of the plots," said Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Judeh, quoting a letter from Abbas to the Jordanian government.

Background here.

The Hamas government's claim that it had nothing to do with the smuggled arms is so outside the realm of believability it's ridiculous. The Hamas in Syria and the Hamas running the Palestinian government are one in the same.


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Comments (3)

Don't worry, Kim, be assure... (Below threshold)

Don't worry, Kim, be assured that not only will Israel NOT be given credit for foiling a Hamas assassination attempt, watch for Hamas acussations that it was all a plot by the Joooooos in the first place.

Thats about 99.999988% accu... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Thats about 99.999988% accurate Darleen.

Who were the Israelis to in... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:

Who were the Israelis to interfere in the domestic affairs of the Palestinians?

Isn't this the result of having democracy in Palestine? Weren't the Palestinians better off without democracy?

Who is to say that Mahmoud Abbas shouldn't have been assassinated?


Scarily, while these are meant in sarcasm, I fully expect to start seeing these memes from our regular crew of bridge dwellers.




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