Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Hamas: a partner for "truce", not peace

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In the end the Israelis -- and the "international community" they lead by the nose -- will prefer dealing with Hamas, because if they agree to a "truce", they will keep it themselves and will enforce it on the other factions. No Palestinian body who recognizes Israel's conquest of Palestine will ever be able to do as much. DS

Hamas's latest coup - Guardian
Abstract: Hamas received early rewards. Richard Makepeace, the British consul general in Jerusalem, became the first Western diplomat to meet Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister. British officials insisted the only reason for the meeting was to discuss the fate of Alan, but the precedent was set and the recognition was granted. As one British official remarked when Alan's release first appeared imminent: "If they do free him, what do we have to do in return?" This meeting between Makepeace and Haniyeh partly explains the determination of Hamas to free Alan. If they could achieve his freedom, they would demonstrate an ability and a credibility that was lacking in Fatah - despite its international recognition. But Alan's case was just a symbol of a broader message that Hamas wants to send out to the international community and Israel. This is that they can impose peace and security and be trusted to carry out their commitments if they are addressed directly. Although there is no doubt that Alan's position as the only full-time western correspondent in Gaza meant he was well-known and respected by the Hamas leadership, this alone would have counted for little. His plight was a test of their ability to govern. Their success in securing the release puts into sharp focus the failure of their Fatah counterparts to have any effect on the kidnappers. In a telling comment, Alan described how his kidnappers were "comfortable and secure" until Hamas took control. Then they became "very nervous", and he felt for the first time there was light at the end of the tunnel. The effectiveness of Hamas has long been recognised by the highest echelons of the Israeli army. Senior officers have commented in private that they would trust Hamas to live up to any deals that were made between them. However, dealing with Hamas is a political step the Israeli government is not yet ready to take. READ IT ALL


janinsanfran said...


Anonymous said...

The 'Dogmush'gang are known to be closer to Hamas than Fatah. It makes sense that they would be able to run goods and guns into Gaza for a long while now that Hamas has profited so much from this episode.
I also notice that the BBC sent this 4 month captive on a political errand to meet Abu Mazen to try and make his embarrasment less. I guess Johnson is always a captive of the powerful.

David Seaton's Newslinks said...

I think Johnson has a lot of people to be grateful to, beginning with the BBC: "aunty" sure moved heaven and earth to get him freed. He can also be grateful to the British government, who didn't go do the "we don't talk to terrorist's" number. So, if the British consul asks him as a favor to have his picture taken with Abu Mazen, how could he refuse? There is no question that this is a major triumph for Hamas.

The huge Dogmush family is nothing more than a gang who are Muslims the same way mafiosi are Catholic.The Dogmush flourished with Dahlan who is very corrupt, and, according to Johnson, got very nervous when Hamas took over.

Hamas are rough trade, but not a criminal organization. Part of their street cred is being "squeaky clean".