AND THE MEDIA WILLINGLY PLAYS ALONG
It’s necessary to point out a few obvious things in this laughable al-Reuters article concerning Hamas, and those who are shooting rockets from Gaza into Israel. First off, though not stated, but sublimely intended, Hamas is depicted as ‘moderate’ for urging a halt to the rocket attacks, and secondly, the thugs who have supposedly ‘gone rogue’ for firing Kassem rockets into Israel, are just depicted as ‘militants’.
Anyone who knows anything about the Hamas organization, knows that nothing happens inside the small enclave without Hamas’ tacit knowledge or approval. It’s a game they play with a more than willing media to help them along, where they on the one hand, claim to be abiding by a self imposed moratorium on violence against Israel, all the while giving a wink and a nod to those who are funding, building and deploying Kassem rockets against Israel.
The rockets themselves, even the funding, and building, let alone launching, are a war crime, for the rockets have no military value whatsoever, they’re designed to cause fear and havoc amongst the civilian population. The media knows this, as well as the methods the Hamas employs, which makes them a terrorist organization by every reasonable definition of the word, yet they hide this fact from the readers’ eyes. It’s all game, for them, but real nonetheless and part of the problem. KGS
NOTE: The Hamas is only announcing a temporary ending of rocket fire in which they played a major part. There is nothing else more to be said about it, but the spinmeisters will indeed spin it to make the Hamas look good.
Hamas urges militant groups to stop attacking Israel
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
GAZA | Sun Jan 9, 2011 8:05am EST
(al-Reuters) – Hamas said on Sunday it has begun talks with other militant factions in the Gaza Strip to urge them to stop firing rockets at Israel, attacks that have raised Palestinian fears of a new Israeli offensive.
The talks are a signal that Hamas hopes to avert any large-scale Israeli military operation in the enclave similar to a three-week campaign that ended in January 2009 and in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.
“We began contacts with factions over the situation in the field. Hamas seeks to control the situation on the ground and urge factions to recommit to the national agreement,” Hamas official Ayman Taha said.
He was referring to an understanding that Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said it reached with militant factions two years ago to halt rocket and mortar bomb fire.
In recent weeks, Palestinian militants have stepped up attacks along the Gaza border, answered by Israeli strikes that killed 13 Palestinians, most of them gunmen, in December.
Israel has said Hamas has largely held its fire over the past two years but the surge in rocket attacks meant it was not doing enough to curb other groups, which say their strikes are in retaliation for Israeli raids in Gaza and the West Bank.
Several Hamas leaders have said a new Gaza war would inflict heavy casualties on Israel, but they also have spoken of a willingness for a reciprocal truce to facilitate the rebuilding of homes and infrastructure destroyed in the 2009 conflict.