Ismail Haniyeh (Prime Minister [Hamas] of the Palestinian National Authority) wrote in WaPo As Americans commemorated their annual celebration of independence from colonial occupation, rejoicing in their democratic institutions, we Palestinians were yet again besieged by our occupiers, who destroy our roads and buildings, our power stations and water plants, and who attack our very means of civil administration. Our homes and government offices are shelled, our parliamentarians taken prisoner and threatened with prosecution.
And this is just because to thank them for withdrawing completely from Gaza and giving us the country we said we wanted, we launched 1,000 rockets into their land, and tunnelled into their land and killed soldiers and took one hostage. Don't they understand this is the way Palestinians say thank you.The current Gaza invasion is only the latest effort to destroy the results of fair and free elections held early this year. It is the explosive follow-up to a five-month campaign of economic and diplomatic warfare directed by the United States and Israel. The stated intention of that strategy was to force the average Palestinian to "reconsider" her vote when faced with deepening hardship; its failure was predictable, and the new overt military aggression and collective punishment are its logical fulfillment. The "kidnapped" Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit is only a pretext for a job scheduled months ago.
Then why were you stupid enough to give them that "pretext"In addition to removing our democratically elected government, Israel wants to sow dissent among Palestinians by claiming that there is a serious leadership rivalry among us. I am compelled to dispel this notion definitively. The Palestinian leadership is firmly embedded in the concept of Islamic shura, or mutual consultation;
The fact that we have frequent gun battles with Fatah is just our way of consulting them.suffice it to say that while we may have differing opinions, we are united in mutual respect and focused on the goal of serving our people.
Actually we don't care about serving our people, we want to destroy Israel.Furthermore, the invasion of Gaza and the kidnapping of our leaders and government officials are meant to undermine the recent accords reached between the government party and our brothers and sisters in Fatah and other factions, Read More