News roundup: April 15, 2009 – Gazans attack Israel

Posted: April 15, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, US
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Old Qassam rocketGazan terrorists have fired a rocket towards Israel today – first such attack since April 1st. The rocket hit empty ground in Eshkol region; no casualties or damage reported. However, this was first rocket attack in past two weeks – on April 13, Palestinians botched an operation to blow Israeli vessels with unmanned boat.

Iran blames Israel today – again – this time for its spoiled relations with Egypt. Iranian officials labeled Egypt’s accusations against Hizb Allah as ‘old trick’, aiming to influence upcoming Lebanese elections. Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also added “The Zionist regime will not succeed in this political plot”, referring to unsubstantiated claims that Israel attempts to influence Lebanese elections. To me, however, it is clear that what started as a minor quarrel at Doha summit now becomes serious problem for Iran and its backers.

In related news, al-Ahram daily quoted Egyptian official today saying Hizb Allah “will pay a heavy price for plotting terror attacks aimed at undermining Egypt’s sovereignty”. Same anonymous official also claimed that Egypt has “all the means and options to punish Hizb Allah”.

Meanwhile, Egypt reinforces security on Egypt-Gaza border, increasing numbers of patrols and policemen and checkpoints.

Jordan sentenced three Hamas activists for up to five years in prison for trying to acquire “information that should remain confidential”. Defendants’ attorney claimed the case was an attempt to undermine support for Hamas.

Egypt arrested three Palestinian youngsters, aged 16 to 18, in village of Sheikh Zweid near Gaza border. The three are being held on charges of illegally crossing into Gaza. In a separate discovery, Egyptian authorities found 900 kg (1,984 pounds) worth of TNT explosives.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today that his government prepares a new deal proposal to the West regarding its nuclear program – one “which guarantees peace and justice in the world”. The new package is apparently a revised version of one already offered in May 2008. According to Al Jazeera, previous package “suggested setting up consortia, including one in Iran, to enrich uranium and manufacture nuclear fuel.”

Following previous reports – including one on my blog – Russians do not currently supply Iran with S-300 SAM systems, despite signing contract in March.

Conflicting reports come out of the press regarding US’ possible attendance of Durban 2 summit. The conference, which might be boycotted by several governments around the world, including those of Canada, Italy, and Australia, is criticized by many for its anti-Israel stance, while mostly ignoring other atrocities around the world. According to some sources, Obama administrations leans to decline the invitation to participate, while other sources claim US will attend.

Barack Obama’s administration explores another tactic of achieving calm in Middle East, by providing 12 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Lebanese army. Washington believes the UAVs will strengthen Lebanese military, thus giving them the option of fighting Hizb Allah.

Finally, last but not least, Hamas and Fatah to resume reconciliation talks with each other on April 23. The talks will probably be tough, especially after Hamas rounded up Fatah men and Gaza and shot them.

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