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posted by melmarino in Local

Gaza border violence: Another threat to Palestinian statehood?

August 4, 2011

There was an interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor a few days ago about Palestinian militants initiating new border violence in Gaza.

Here's the link:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/0729/Gaza-border-violenc...

The writer brings to light some facts that I, and others, have been trying to illuminate for others for quite some time. Here's a quote:

Some analysts say influential members of Hamas’s military wing who oppose the reconciliation with Fatah might be behind the last round of violence.

“Hamas had to sign the reconciliation agreement because of popular pressure as well as losing its patron, the Syrian regime, which is now busy working to extinguish a popular revolution that aims to topple the government there,” says Atef Abu Saif, a professor of political science at Al-Azhar University in Gaza.

Now that Hamas is not coming under any pressure, says Prof. Abu Saif, there are many Hamas military commanders who are unwilling to reconcile with Fatah and are not ready to give up the fortune and power they have gained since 2007, when they took over Gaza, formerly controlled by Fatah.

Regardless of your level of credence in the quote above, the fact remains that once again this is Palestinian initiated violence. So, the conversation is, why are retaliatory strikes for deterrence not acceptable to the pro-Palestine faction when, in stark, verifiable fact, the Palestinians began this most recent round of violence? Also, can the charge of disproportionate force carry any more validity now that the Palestinians have proven again that they are the aggressors?

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