Hamas Is Breaking

Iran's ally Syria has called for a cease fire in Gaza that accepts at least part of what the Israelis wanted.

Syrian President Bashar Assad called on Israel to cease its military operation in Gaza immediately, while simultaneously demanding that Hamas cease its fire towards Israel.

In an interview with the BBC network Assad warned that the fighting in Gaza could lead to the exacerbation of Islamic extremism in the Middle East.

"The effects of the war are more dangerous than the war itself," he said during Wednesday's interview. "It's planting the seeds for extremism and terror in the entire region."

Assad accused Israel of refusing to honor the ceasefire that expired in December and claimed it was the State's responsibility to halt the "murder" of the Palestinians and the siege on Gaza.

He claimed Syria, which plays host to a number of senior Hamas officials, was doing everything in its power to put an end to the fighting.

Aside from the usual anti-Israel rhetoric this is a big development. Both Syria and Hamas are supported by Iran. As to making extremism in the Middle East worse. I believe the war with Hamas is doing the opposite. It is showing that extremism doesn't pay.

As for Israel refusing to honor the cease fire? I believe the cease fire never existed - the rockets never stopped. In addition Hamas called off the cease fire anyway. Just the normal cease fire deal in the Middle East. Israel must cease firing and for its enemies ceasing fire is optional.

In theory negotiations are going on in Egypt for a cease fire which Hamas claims to have accepted and also claims to have rejected.

Hamas has accepted the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, the group said Wednesday evening, after talks in Cairo.

The Hamas delegation was making it way back to Damascus to brief the group's leaders.

Egyptian officials told the Middle East News Agency (MENA) that Hamas had responded positively to the country's efforts to mediate a Gaza cease-fire.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said he would relay Hamas's response to the Egyptian proposal to Israel.

However, Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, said that Hamas's position regarding the Egyptian initiative had not changed. He said that despite reports that Hamas had agreed to the cease-fire initiative, there were still a number of differences between Egypt and the Islamist movement that needed to be addressed.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni were meeting in Jerusalem to discuss Israel's response to the initiative.

Also on Wednesday, France's foreign minister said his government was ready to talk to Hamas, if the group renounced violence and recognize Israel.

It will be interesting to see what is in the Egyptian proposal. I think it can be reliably assumed that stopping the rockets is a central element.

And those French. What dreamers. Hamas is dedicated to killing all the Jews in the world. Renouncing violence and recognizing Israel is not in the cards for Hamas.

I wonder how long it will take to complete the cease fire negotiations? The fact that Syria - who in effect speaks for Iran - has caved is significant. A cease fire by Friday is not out of the question. Of course this being the Middle East, negotiations could drag on for another week or more.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 01.14.09 at 01:15 PM










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Arab leaders' crimes on its people + drama language & belittling Holocaust

As an Arab I am ashamed that Arab kids can not be worth more than to be butchered by Hezbollah and HAMAS tactics in order to parade them on TV stages, I watch Al Jazeera, those photos of blooded children ore shocking, shocking that Arab leaders never seem to blame the real culprit, the radicals supported by Iran and Syria of course.


We in the Arab world have got to stop the maddness of obsessive Jew hatred especially in drama language like shouting: "genocide" and "massacre" on every battle we lose.


We will start understanding these terrorists' tactics when the militants wil start applying these "successful" (human shields) methods in our own backyard, when Jordan (Egypt, for example, etc.) will have to deal with extremists causing scores of kids to die, what will WE do then? blame whom?

Fatimah   ·  January 16, 2009 9:57 AM

Fatimah,

Yes!!!!!!! In fact there was a Jerusalem Post piece on that very subject today:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1231950868962&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

It is more accurate, however, to sadly acknowledge that Hamas's world view better reflects the extremism, rejectionism and self-destructive tendencies that embody the ethos of much of the Palestinian polity. Fatah's perceived drift toward moderation, combined with its corruption, have made it increasingly irrelevant to many Palestinians.

Since the start of the Zionist enterprise, Arab fanatics have been at war not only with our national liberation movement, but, simultaneously, with any internal voice advocating Arab-Jewish coexistence. Those who acquiesce in any semblance of Jewish rights are habitually labeled "collaborators."

Though Fatah denounces Israel's battle with Hamas in the most venomous terms, the West Bank masses are said to be fuming that Fatah won't let them confront Israel directly. "This will irreparably damage its standing in the eyes of Palestinians…" an Arab expert told The Christian Science Monitor.

In other words, many ordinary Palestinians want Fatah to again lead them into another violent uprising - despite the devastation a third intifada would bring down on them. Never mind that the standard of living in the West Bank is better than it has been in years.

So the problem is not just a PA demonstrably incapable of reforming itself, or a politically toxic Hamas; it is, more fundamentally, much of the Palestinian political culture.

M. Simon   ·  January 16, 2009 12:03 PM

It is shameful for civilized nations to stand
By for so many years watching the destruction
Of Inocent humans of all ages without intervention.

When the destruction of our enemies becomes
more important than the lives of our own
inocent children it is time to Ask our
Sons and Daughters: Do you want to live at
Peace in your own country or would you prefer
to continue attempting to destry our enemies
For the next 50 years?

Hate is more cruel than the grave, It blinds
Us all. It destroy our logic and forces us
To increase the size of our cemeteries
And prison houses

Elio M. Fernandez   ·  January 17, 2009 5:00 PM

It is shameful for civilized nations to stand
By for so many years watching the destruction
Of Inocent humans of all ages without intervention.

When the destruction of our enemies becomes
more important than the lives of our own
inocent children it is time to Ask our
Sons and Daughters: Do you want to live at
Peace in your own country or would you prefer
to continue attempting to destry our enemies
For the next 50 years?

Hate is more cruel than the grave, It blinds
Us all. It destroy our logic and forces us
To increase the size of our cemeteries
And prison houses

Elio M. Fernandez   ·  January 17, 2009 5:00 PM

It is shameful for civilized nations to stand
By for so many years watching the destruction
Of Inocent humans of all ages without intervention.

When the destruction of our enemies becomes
more important than the lives of our own
inocent children it is time to Ask our
Sons and Daughters: Do you want to live at
Peace in your own country or would you prefer
to continue attempting to destry our enemies
For the next 50 years?

Hate is more cruel than the grave, It blinds
Us all. It destroy our logic and forces us
To increase the size of our cemeteries
And prison houses

Elio M. Fernandez   ·  January 17, 2009 5:02 PM

When the destruction of our enemies becomes
more important than the lives of our own
inocent children it is time to Ask our
Sons and Daughters: Do you want to live at
Peace in your own country or would you prefer
to continue attempting to destry our enemies
For the next 50 years?

The destruction of our enemies no matter how long it takes.

We beat he Soviets. We will beat the sons of Muhammed. And the best part of the deal is: when they decide they want to be friends we will open our arms to them.

Because in the end a civilization that will not defend itself will wind up being ruled by barbarians.

M. Simon   ·  January 17, 2009 5:34 PM

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