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April 27, 2005

Hamas Vows to Keep Fighting Israel Until "Occupation" Ends

Dear Friend of FLAME:

While the Americans and the Europeans continue to pressure Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians under the guise of the Bush "road map," it seems unlikely that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will be able to meet his side of the bargain anytime soon. Indeed, the first requirement of the road map is for the Palestinians to stop terrorism and dismantle terrorist groups. First, Abbas makes no secret of his unwillingness to disarm murderous terror groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Second, as the article below confirms, those very groups not only refuse to disarm, but they also refuse to discuss the idea of peace with Israel. Remember: When Hamas says that they will fight until the occupation ends, they are talking about Jewish presence in the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea---all of Israel.

Abbas continues to make liberal-sounding noises about the power of democracy---he believes that when Hamas becomes politically enfranchised they will magically of their own volition lay down their arms. But Hamas will have none of it, and neither should we. We see the same phenomenon in Lebanon, where the terrorist group Hizbollah actually has elected political power, but they still maintain the largest independent armed militia in the country. What's that about? Well, just ask them: It's about jihad---Islamist domination of the entire Middle East and beyond.

This article, from Israel's HaAretz news service helps us understand, in relatively few words, what Israel and the West are up against in trying to bring peace to the Middle East . . . and to the world.

Best regards,
Jim Sinkinson
Director, FLAME

P.S. As you know, many Arabs, including Al Qaeda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and some Western leftists dispute Israel's right to have a state in the Middle East at all. For clarification on the question of who "owns" or has legal rights to historical Palestine, I recommend one of FLAME's hasbarah (public relations) messages, "The Big Lie (I): Are the "occupied territories" really occupied territories?" This piece, which appeared in publications nationwide, gives a brief and lucid history of the region and explains Israel's claim to the land and to its own state. To read and/or redistribute this piece, please go to Of course, as always, if you would like to support the distribution of perspectives like this, we welcome your tax-deductible donation. Simply go to to make your contribution online.

Hamas: We'll keep our weapons until the end of the occupation
By Amos Harel, Haaretz Service and News Agencies, April 26, 2005

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said he expects Hamas to hand in its weapons after joining the Palestinian parliament this summer, but gave no indication he would forcefully disarm the militant group. In response, however, Hamas said later Monday it has no intention of disarming in July.

"When a militia turns into a political party I believe the issue of a need for arms becomes irrelevant," Abbas said.

"Our fingers will remain on the rifle triggers until the removal of the occupation," Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri said.

Masri said Hamas' participation in elections "does not mean it is on the way to becoming a political party."

Abbas, who has been under heavy pressure by the United States and Israel to rein in armed groups, was set Monday to meet with the Palestinian groups shortly, Israel Radio reported. While repeatedly calling on militants to halt their attacks on Israel, he has so far refused to take action against them, preferring instead to co-opt them.

Hamas, the largest Palestinian opposition group, has said it will participate in legislative elections set to take place in July. It would be the first time the group has sought a place in the Palestinian parliament.

Abbas welcomed the group's desire to join the political process, but said the group, which has carried out dozens of suicide bombings against Israelis, would be expected to give up its militant tactics after the vote.

"When a movement or militia is transformed into a political party, I would say that there will then be no need for them to possess weapons," Abbas told reporters. "There will be only one authority, one law, and one legal gun. The issue is very clear, and this has been common practice throughout history."

But the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud a-Zahar, said Monday he would not agree to give up arms, the radio said.

A-Zahar called on Hamas leaders of Hamas who live abroad to return to Palestinian territory after Israel withdraws from Gaza, Israel Radio reported.

Hamas leaders living abroad, mostly in Syria, include Khaled Meshal, head of Hamas' political department and one of the group's most influential leaders abroad.

Under its plan for the disengagement from the Gaza Strip, however, Israel intends to retain control over the land, air and sea entrances and exits to the Gaza Strip.

Islamic Jihad questions value of calm

The Islamic Jihad network in northern Samaria has emerged as one of the most tangible threats to the implementation of the disengagement plan, as the Jihad leadership questions the value of sticking to the policy of calm (tahadiyah).

The Jihad network, encompassing Jenin and Tul Karm and the villages in between, is responsible for the last major attack within Israel—the suicide bombing at the Stage club in Tel Aviv, in which five Israelis were killed.

After the attack, the leadership in Damascus engaged in evasive tactics, designed to escape the flames of the Israeli response, as well as the unexpected fury the attack aroused among Palestinians, who mostly want the calm to continue. But in the past fortnight, various signs have been accumulating that indicate Jihad is back in action.

Last Thursday, in an unusual move for this period, the organization claimed responsibility for detonating an explosive device on the Gaza Strip border, moderately wounding an Israel Defense Forces tracker. Israeli intelligence sources also see evidence of the military wing in the northern West Bank having resumed planning major attacks.

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