chasing down Israeli settlers…their assassination
will not weaken the resistance”….
The two Hamas lads…so happy to have helped ignite another war, even more happy that 2000 of their own (including small children) have been killed by the enemy (it all comes down to who wins the propaganda war), and now happiest ever in death (to be celebrated as martyrs for all time).
It is an article of faith amongst the (western) Left that an alliance with Islamists will bring down the enemy (and in the long run this prediction may indeed come to be true). We are told that compromise is a dirty word (and the enemy believes in this creed as well). The muslim lands must be liberated at all costs.
Meanwhile back in the real world, Israel is building up alliances with Egypt and Saudi Arabia (and when Kurdistan becomes an independent nation there will be one more all-weather friend). Hamas has been kicked out of Qatar and given shelter in Turkey. The flames in the Central Middle East is visible from space. North Africa is terribly troubled (except for Morocco and Tunisia). Afghanistan is likely to sink deep into mud starting next year. Pakistan is in a precarious position with everyone interested in gaining power (but none so keen on ruling).
It is not that we should ignore the crimes of Israel (and for that matter India) as belonging to some lesser category. But we are not able to discern any constructive message that will make the people in the Middle East North Africa even a tiny bit hopeful (perhaps we are biased and being blinded by hatred). At this rate the world will simply learn to ignore MENA, except for periodic bouts of “lawn mowing” by the Israeli Defense Forces. Fighting thousand year wars with infidels will not bring any peace and over time even the oil fueled prosperity will look like a mirage.
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank city of
Hebron on Tuesday and the military said they were members of Hamas
responsible for the killing of three Israeli youths in June, an attack
that led to the Gaza war.
Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, both in their 30s, were shot dead
during a gun battle after Israeli troops surrounded a house in the city
before dawn, the army and residents said. Israel had been hunting the
men for three months.
Kawasme and Abu Aysha were suspected of carrying out the kidnapping
and killing of the three teenage seminary students, who were abducted
while hitchhiking at night near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on
The military said army and police forces were trying to arrest the two suspects when a firefight erupted. “We opened fire, they returned fire and they were killed in the
exchange,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner
The governor of Hebron, Kamel Hmeid, confirmed on Palestinian radio that the two were dead.
“It’s clear now the two martyrs, al-Kawasme and Abu Aysha, were
assassinated this morning during a military operation in the Hebron
University area. We condemn this crime, this assassination, as
deliberate and premeditated murder,” he said.
Kawasme and Abu Aysha were affiliated with Hamas, which initially denied any link to the June attack. Last month, however, the group acknowledged responsibility, although
its leadership said it had no advance knowledge that the men were
planning to abduct the students.
“Hamas praises the role martyrs Abu Aysha and Kawasme played in
chasing down Israeli settlers and we stress that their assassination
will not weaken the resistance,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the operation. “We
will continue to strike terrorism everywhere,” he said at the start of a
cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “This morning the long arm of Israeli
justice caught them.”
Israeli forces have conducted widespread sweeps across the West Bank
in the past three months, rounding up hundreds of suspected Hamas
members in house-to-house raids in the hunt for the suspects behind the
The abduction and killing of Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gilad Shaer and
Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, caused alarm throughout Israel and set off a
cycle of violence, including the killing of Palestinian Mohammed Abu
Khudair, 16, by three Israelis who have been arrested and charged.
Khudair’s killing led to clashes between Palestinian youths and
Israeli police in East Jerusalem, while the round-up of Hamas suspects
across the West Bank provoked rocket fire at Israel from militants in
Gaza, leading to the war.
Gaza medical officials say 2,100 Palestinians, most of them
civilians, were killed in the 50-day conflict, while 67 Israeli soldiers
and six civilians in Israel were also killed.
Efforts to forge a lasting peace agreement following the war are set to resume in Cairo on Tuesday.