Hamas tries to score points w/ international community

Posted: March 26, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Hamas, Israel

Islamic Jihad terroristsIt is not the first time Hamas tries to score points with international community by apprehending members of other terrorist groups for attacking Israel:

Islamic Jihad gunmen opened fire noon Thursday on an IDF outpost situated along the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip. There were no reports of injury among the soldiers, who returned fire.

A short while later Hamas security personnel apprehended a gunman suspected of heading the Islamic Jihad cell that carried out the attack. The man was transferred to Gaza City for interrogation. Hamas has accused him of “firing towards Israeli territory during a ceasefire.”

A senior member of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, told Ynet that his group was unsuccessful in convincing Hamas to release the suspected cell leader, adding that Hamas security personnel “are not supposed to detain members of the resistance.”

Earlier this month Hamas arrested an Al-Quds cell that launched mortars towards Israel’s southern region.

While to many it would probably seem to be a positive developement and a change in Hamas’ stance – definitely looks this way – it is important to remember that at the moment Hamas, who lost a lot of support during Gaza operation – is trying to lower tensions with Israel, afraid Israel would renew its attacks inside Gaza Strip. Hamas wants to try a new way – a way many push it to take – negotiations. By either actually stopping or acting like stopping terrorist attacks on Israel, Hamas influences public opinion, especially in European countries, who would later pressurize Israel into negotiating with the terrorists. It is apparent, that Hamas prefers its own autonomy in Gaza, rather than joining forces with Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, however, if it is to succeed, Hamas needs to play politics as well, not just terrorist tactics.


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