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Iran will definitely continue to support Palestine: President Raisi

——- Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic will continue to support Palestine as the main issue of the Muslim world. “We have never had and will never have any doubt about this policy. In our view, Palestine has been and will be the first issue of the Muslim world,” Raeisi said in a Friday meeting with head of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas Ismail Haniyeh, who took part

Le grand chemin vers Jérusalem : le Hamas trahit l’Iran et la Syrie

De Fida Dakroub pour Global Research Généralités Lorsque l’émir du Qatar, Hamad, fut arrivé à Gaza, à la tête d’une importante délégation comprenant son épouse, Moza, et son premier ministre, Hamad – celui-ci un cheikh non pas un émir –, il fut accueilli par le chef du gouvernement du Hamas, Ismaïl Haniyeh, qui eut organisé une cérémonie officielle grandiose pour l’occasion. Les deux hommes se tinrent côte à côte pendant

Pillar of Impotence

by Gilad Atzmon In the past week, the people of Gaza have been subject to some serious Israeli attacks. Some Hamas leaders and militants have been murdered and many more Palestinians – innocent civilians, babies, kids women and elders – have lost their live. Yet, Gaza is celebrating with the Hamas leadership never more popular. So here is an interesting anecdote that deserves our attention. During the recent clashes Gazan

Israeli hardware defeated by Palestinian morale

Assuming the ceasefire holds, it is now time to assess the preliminary results of the Israeli attack on Gaza, and I would score this one as a definite victory for Hamas.  Why?Because it is pretty clear that the IDF was deterred from entering into Gaza whereas the usual orgy of violence unleashed by the Israelis on the Gaza Strip did not deter Palestinians at all.  It is also pretty clear

Hamas launches a completely irresponsible missile strike on Jerusalem

This is plain crazy – according to various reports Hamas has shot missiles at the city of Jerusalem.  According to the BBC  “militants said they wanted to hit the Israeli parliament”.  The missiles missed their targets and landed on the south side of the city without causing any damage.What Hamas did today is sheer lunacy, there is no other way of putting it.  Shooting missiles which are so inaccurate at

Hamas opposes ‘tactical’ Palestinian statehood bid at UN

Haaretz reports: The Islamist Hamas movement said Wednesday that President Mahmoud Abbas’ plan to approach the United Nations for recognition of Palestinian statehood was a “tactical” move, part of a negotiations process, and therefore could not be backed. The move was not based on principles and “Hamas and other factions are not part of this step and do not support it,” Salah al-Bardaweel, a senior Hamas leader in the Gaza

Hamas never misses a beat (to do something wholly self-defeating, again)

Oh boy, just when I was considering the possibility that Hamas might not be its own worst enemy, came this: Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (allegedly) said: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs“. Now, of course all sinners should be prayed for, and it is perfectly wise and good to ask

Palestinians commit (yet another) huge strategic mistake

Big news: Hamas and Fatah have agreed to form a new interim government as part of a process of “reconciliation” and a “unity deal”.  Yes, not only is Hamas going to join Fatah in a unity government, that government will be lead by, who else, Abbas! When I read that this morning I though “Hamas leaders have gone totally insane!”.   Think about it: Who is Abbas?  He is exactly *nobody*. 

Dubai seeks Israeli prime minister’s arrest over murder of Hamas militant

The AFP reports (via Raw Story) Dubai police said Tuesday they are seeking the arrest of Israel’s prime minister and the head of its spy agency over the murder of a top Hamas militant in a hotel room of the Gulf city-state. Police chief Dahi Khalfan said he had issued the demand for the arrest warrants as he was now certain they ordered the Cold War-style hit on Mahmud al-Mabhuh.

So who won the war in Gaza?

Following the unilateral ceasefires of the Israelis and Hamas, it appears that the war in Gaza is over, at least for a (probably short) while, and this begs the question: who won? Predictably, both sides claim victory. Most pundits seem to lean towards saying that Israel won a victory, but not a complete one. Some say that Hamas fought better than expected and that it deserves high praise for not

Hamas to Fight On if Israel Ceases Fire Unilaterally

Al-Manar reports: This unilateral ceasefire does not foresee a withdrawal” by the Israeli army,” Hamas’s representative in Lebanon Oussama Hamdan said Saturday. He stressed the resistance group will fight on if Israel orders a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza. “As long as it remains in Gaza, resistance and confrontation will continue,” he said. Speaking at a conference in Beirut, also attended by European representatives supporting the Palestinians, Hamdan added that Israel’s

Ismail Haniyeh: My message to the West – Israel must stop the slaughter

I write this article to Western readers across the social and political spectrum as the Israeli war machine continues to massacre my people in Gaza. To date, almost 1,000 have been killed, nearly half of whom are women and children. Last week’s bombing of the UNRWA (UN Relief Works Agency) school in the Jabalya refugee camp was one of the most despicable crimes imaginable, as hundreds of civilians had abandoned

Edited transcript of Khaled Meshaal’s speech on day 15 of the war on Gaza

Press TV reports: In a speech from Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, Hamas’ political leader spoke on the events arising from Israel’s ongoing 15-day raid on the Gaza Strip: The edited text of the Saturday televised address follows: The Zionists wanted to impose a humiliating defeat on us because the only obstacle to confront them is resistance, especially in the Gaza Strip. Perhaps the Zionists, because of the difference between the resistance

Will Hizballah intervene in the Gaza conflict?

by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb for The Electronic Intifada While Israel fervently attempts to terrorize the Palestinians into submission in Gaza, many observers have started to wonder why Hizballah has refrained from stepping in militarily to assist its brothers-in-arms, Hamas. Such musings fail to take account of the constraints on Hizballah’s room for action, as well as the circumstances under which Hizballah would ignore such constraints. The question that should be posed

UNSCR 1860 and Abbas: clearly irrelevant

It is only proper that UNSCR 1860 and Mahmoud Abbas would vanish into nothingness on the same day: UNSCR 1860 was rejected by both Israel and Hamas, and Abbas’ term as President of the Palestinan Authority expired today. This is all good news, really. Now that these irrelevancies have been set aside the clock will be ticking louder and louder for the Israeli war on Gaza and each passing day

Larijani Meets Hamas’s Mashaal in Damascus

al-Manar reports: A senior Iranian politician met Hamas politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal in Damascus on Wednesday as the Palestinian Islamic resistance group is studying an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Ali Larijani, speaker of parliament and one of the major figures in the Islamic Republic, met Mashaal and several high level officials from Hamas at the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, witnesses said. The meeting

Is Hamas capable of accepting such a monstrosity?

Various sources are reporting that Israel is considering “accepting the principles” of a ceasefire plan backed by the USA and Egypt. Get this: the plan does not even *mention* Hamas by name and it would be the PA (Abbas’ Fatah) which would sign the plan on the Palestinian side. Yes, you read that correctly. Let me repeat: The Palestinian franchise of the Shin Bet a.k.a. the “Palestinian authority” would sign

The one mistake Hamas should not commit: accept a ceasefire

To its great credit, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has expressed many doubts about the rationale behind the Israeli assault on Gaza from the very first day of the operation. Today Haaretz published two analytical reports which are very interesting. The first one, entitled Operation Cast Lead in Gaza is entering its problematic phase ,and the second one, entitled Hamas is hoping for an IDF ground operation, are both strongly implying

Hamas announces end to truce with Israel

Press TV reports: The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has announced the cessation of the six-month-old ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. “The calm, which was reached with Egyptian sponsorship on June 19 and expires on December 19, is finished because the enemy did not abide by its obligations. The calm is over,” Hamas official, Ayman Taha, said on Thursday. The announcement raises the prospect of an escalation in cross-border

What are the Israelis up to next?

Amazing article in Ha’aretz today. Check this one out (my comments added in blue): Defense establishment paper: Golan for Syria peace, plan for Iran strike By Barak Ravid A defense establishment paper recommends making contingency plans to attack Iran, reaching an agreement with Syria that includes leaving the Golan Heights and preventing new elections in the Palestinian Authority, even if this means a confrontation with the United States. The paper