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Saturday, August 30, 2014

I Told You So - Abbas Blames Hamas For Prolonging War

Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians. 

Several Egyptian mediated cease-fire attempts during the conflict failed. 

Hamas eventually accepted almost the same truce offered at the beginning.

"It was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (destroyed)," Abbas told Palestine TV on Friday. 

He said Hamas had insisted on discussing demands first before ending the war, which only served to prolong the violence needlessly.

Egyptian mediators tried early on to get a ceasefire. 

Several temporary truces were broken by Gaza militants.
  • Egyptian formula on the table on July 15th
  • it was backed by the Arab League
  • it was rejected by Hamas then 
  • now more than a month later it has belatedly been accepted by Hamas
"As the dust clears from the conflict I'm sure many people in Gaza will be asking why did Hamas reject a month ago what it accepted today, and if it had accepted then what it accepted now, how much bloodshed could have been avoided."

(Abbas) remarks come a few days after Israel and Hamas reached truce after 50 days of fighting.

casts doubt on the future of Abbas' unity government with Hamas

Abbas, whose Palestinian Authority formed a unity government with Hamas earlier this year questioned the future of that arrangement.

The unity government was meant to put an end to the animosity between Fatah and Hamas from when Hamas overran Gaza in 2007, ousting forces from the Fatah party, led by the Western-backed secular Abbas, in bloody street battles. 

Abbas has since governed only in parts of the West Bank, and Hamas has ruled Gaza.

Abbas is eager to regain a foothold in Gaza. 

"They (Hamas) have a shadow government, if this continues it means no unity. The test is coming soon. The government needs to do its job and handle everything," Abbas said. 

He (Abbas) understands this group (Hamas) was about to topple him.

cease-fire brought an immediate end to the fighting but left key issues unresolved. 

Israel agreed to loosen a long-standing blockade 

Hamas rejected Israel's demands that it disarm.

These deeper matters are to be addressed in indirect talks in Egypt next month.
international community shunning Hamas as a terrorist group, 

Abbas would likely operate Gaza's borders 

and oversee internationally funded reconstruction efforts.

My views :  Folks, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is saying the same things that I have been saying. The only difference is I am here 8000 km from Gaza while Abbas is their own President. 

Either I am controlling Mahmoud Abbas' thoughts, he is influencing my thoughts or both of us can see through what is really going on with Hamas.

The Egyptians have closed the Rafah Crossing. The Egyptians have done this because Hamas is Ikhwan Muslimin, which has been toppled in Egypt.  The Rafah Crossing was used by Hamas leaders to earn hundreds of millions of US Dollars from smuggling and import monopolies, some of which was then channelled to jihadi militants in Sinai who used the money to buy weapons to kill Egyptian troops.So the Egyptians closed the Rafah Crossing. 

Plus the smuggling and import monopolies also made the Hamas leaders very rich. This is the real story.   

The Egyptian action has cost the Hamas leaders hundreds of millions of US Dollars in revenue - much of which went into their own pockets.

In retaliation Hamas picked a fight with Israel which they could not win. Certainly war causes death. Over 2100 Palestinians have died. Now in late August, after 50 days of shooting tin can rockets, the Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire sponsored by Egypt since July 15th 2014. 

The Hamas leaders are not even in Gaza (except Khaled Mashaal). Their leaders are "directing the war" from safe places like Doha in Qatar.

Now the Number 1 demand by Hamas is that Egypt opens the Rafah Crossing. Here is a question : why not Hamas shoot rockets into Egypt to force the Egyptians to open the Rafah Crossing?

This round of fighting was :

about the survival of the Ikhwan Muslimin
about the struggle for Hamas relevance
the struggle for political supremacy between Hamas and Abbas
about the revenue from smuggling and import monopolies. 

This fight was about money.

2100 Palestinians got killed in the process. 

And here is more news : the Rafah Crossing is still closed.

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