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Egypt Claims Arms Smuggled Into Gaza From Israel!

In a surprising claim from Egyptian sources, its government charges that the majority of weapons being smuggled into Gaza comes from Israeli sources. Mukhis Qutb, of the Egyptian Council for Human Rights, told a newspaper that he has proof many of the weapons being smuggled into Gaza came from individuals who had Israel citizenship. He also alleged some members of the Israel Defense Force were involved in smuggling operations. However, he failed to provide any such evidence to support the claims. These charges undoubtedly are an attempt to prove that Israel actions in Gaza lacked any basis of validity. The overwhelming evidence is that rockets came from Arab sources and were part of the Iranian effort to supply Hamas.

After weeks of pounding Hamas tunnels, there is evidence many are back in operation. One wonders if Israel government officials have ever reconsidered their decision to impose an economic blockade on Gaza. What if no such blockade had ever been put into operation? Would Hamas have place such energy into constructing tunnels?

Once again, Prime Minister Olmert insists there may be more bombing of tunnels. Is his expectation that bombing of tunnels will go on and on forever? How about refocusing on peace and compromise?

Hamas Reneges On Promises About Smuggling

For the past year, this blog has been urging Israel to accept Hamas offers for a cease fire and work cooperatively with that organization, including engaging in negotiations. A cease fire finally emerged from negotiations through the good offices of the Egyptian government, but Hamas leaders are hardly fulfilling promises made during these talks. Hamas leader, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, now claims his group never gave any commitment to halt the smuggling of arms in Gaza. “We cannt talk about stopping smuggling because it is something beyond our ability as a government and we did not give a commitment in this regard.” He also now claims Hamas never promised to curb activities of other organizations to ensure there is an end to rocket attacks on Israel. He did say Hamas would voluntarily do its best to halt militant actions.

Hamas can not have it both ways. It cannot ask Israel to halt aggressive actions if Muslim groups are attacking Israel. What is the meaning of a cease fire if Muslim militants continue hitting Israel with rockets?

It is reasonable that some form of smuggling will continue, but Israel is not worried about someone smuggling in food goods, but it can not tolerate smuggling in of weapons and that type of smuggling must be halted by Hamas.