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Yet Another Sign That The Hamas Victory Was Really a “Letting the Mask Drop” Moment… January 30, 2006, 12:46 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Foreign Affairs, Israeli / Palestinian.
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al-Reuters is reporting this morning that Arab neighbors will work with Hamas led cabinet:

All the Arab governments around Israel will deal directly with a Palestinian cabinet dominated by the militant Islamist group Hamas, ignoring U.S. and European attempts to isolate the group, analysts said on Monday.

The Egyptian and Syrian governments already have good working relationships with Hamas, although some of their main domestic opponents are Islamists, and would accept a possible role as intermediaries between Hamas and the West, they added.

Egypt may press Hamas to make concessions to demands that it recognize Israel and abandon armed struggle but it will also use Hamas’s surprise election victory to argue for changes in U.S. and European policy in the Middle East, they said.

Not that it should really shock anyone who has been paying to attention to the Middle East for the last 30 years, but if there was really any hope that the US and EU would get help in isolating Hamas, it was based on folly and general ignorance of history. Still, it’s nice to see it in a newspaper that Egypt and Syria have “good working relationships” with Hamas. That’s something that used to be downplayed because it was seen as a BAD THING to be tight with Hamas. It’s the same reason why I always kept my connections with the Branch Davidians on the down low. We be tight and all, but those guys are CRAZY and it’s not something you want to go shouting from the rooftops of the world, if you know what I mean.

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Steyn’s Sunday Column… January 29, 2006, 10:46 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Israeli / Palestinian, Op-Ed Columns, People Smarter Than Me, Uncategorized.
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Great column as always, containing this absolute gem:

For example, Mariam Farahat, a mother of three, was elected in Gaza. She used to be a mother of six but three of her sons self-detonated on suicide missions against Israel. She’s a household name to Palestinians, known as Um Nidal — Mother of the Struggle — and, at the rate she’s getting through her kids, the Struggle’s all she’ll be Mother of.

Man, that’s some funny stuff. So do yourself a favor and read it all.

They’re Your Problem Now…Volume XXIII January 4, 2006, 8:33 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Israeli / Palestinian.
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The ongoing Palestinian civil war is starting to affect the neighbors (don’t tell me you didn’t know this was going on? You haven’t heard this from the MSM yet? I’m shocked, shocked I say). It shouldn’t be to anyone’s surprise why Egypt wasn’t super thrilled when Israel talked about unilateral pullout from Gaza, since it meant that they would have to police the border between their own country and the strip.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Hundreds of angry Palestinians streamed into Egypt on Wednesday after militants with stolen bulldozers broke through a border wall, and two Egyptian troops were killed and 30 were wounded by gunfire in the rampage.

About 3,000 Egyptian Interior Ministry troops who initially had no orders to fire swarmed the border but were forced to withdraw about a half-mile, said security forces Lt. Sameh el-Antablyan, who announced the casualties.

Gen. Essam el-Sheikh said Egyptian forces later began firing back.

The scene was one of utter chaos. An Egyptian armored vehicle was burning and hundreds of Palestinians could be seen crouched in farm fields just inside Egypt.

The militants’ rampage through the southern Gaza town of Rafah underscored the growing lawlessness in Palestinian towns, especially in Gaza, and represented the most brazen challenge to the authority of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

There is one huge issue for me though: if Egytptians are shooting at Palestinians, who am I supposed to root for? It’s always a lot easier determining who the victim is when one of them is an evil fascist Republikkkan…or Jew…or just has a lighter skin pigment in general.