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Mahmoud Abbas kritiserte fredag kveld Hamas for å fortsette angrepene. For hver eneste rakett taper palestinerne, sa Abbas. Dette er det motsatte av hva Hamas hevder. De vil ofre sivile og gjøre dem til martyrer.

Også Abbas kaller de som drepes for martyrer, men det ligger en kritikk av Hamas i Abbas’ begrep. Vel er det israelske bomber som dreper, men det er Hamas kalkyle som gjør at israelerne bomber. Det er dermed Hamas ansvar – de kaller seg myndigheter – at de blir drept.

Ikke rart at Hamas reagerte med raseri.

And yet, despite the rising support for Hamas on the Palestinian and Arab street, Abbas continues to surprise and show leadership. On Friday night, the second Friday of Ramadan, amid news of dozens of Gaza fatalities, the PA president gave an interview to the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen TV station and did not hesitate to criticize Hamas for the ongoing escalation. Hamas’s demands, said Abbas — who is maintaining contacts with the Islamist group — “are exaggerated and unnecessary.”

He added that “it is the Palestinians who are losing with every minute that this war continues” and that an urgent halt to the fire was vital, with no preconditions. He offered “condolences to the families of the martyrs in Gaza who are fuel to those who trade in war. I oppose these traders, on both sides.”

Unsurprisingly, those comments prompted a wave of harsh criticism from Hamas against Abbas. It could be, however, that some on the Israeli side are listening. And that, once this operation is over, they may consider that there is, in fact, someone to talk to.

Abbas svinger. Det er ikke lenge siden han snakket om «folkemord» på Gaza-stripen.

Hvordan samlingsregjeringen skal overleve Operation Protective Edge er vanskelig å se.

Ikke minst fordi rakettregnet gjør Hamas populær på Vestbredden. Det er en direkte trussel mot Abbas og PA-styret og Abbas vet det. Hamas ville ikke nøle med å bruke samme selvmorderiske linje om den fikk makten på Vestbredden, hvilket kidnappingen av de tre jødiske studentene viser.

But the death and injury of Gaza civilians who are not connected to the fighting is boosting support for Hamas among the Gaza public, and the Islamists’ popularity is on the rise in the West Bank and the rest of the Arab world too.

For the Palestinian and Arab public, the ability of a little Palestinian organization to attack Tel Aviv, Haifa and Dimona proves its heroic determination in the face of “the Zionists.” Hamas is not indicating any desperation to surrender, or even to halt the conflict. And thus the road to an Israeli ground incursion is shortening.

 

Alle som har forsøkt å komme i kontakt med Hamas-ledelsen sier at de får tilsvar at Hamas ikke er interessert i våpenhvile. Ledelsen gjemmer seg i tunneler og er ikke rammet av angrepene.

There’s a consensus among all those who have been in contact with Hamas of late — Israelis (there are some), Egyptians, Europeans and Palestinians (emissaries of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas): Gaza’s Islamist leadership doesn’t want a ceasefire. A senior PA official who has been in contact with Hamas and Gaza told this reporter on Saturday: “There’s nothing to discuss with them.” And an Egyptian source dismissed the notion of an imminent Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. Egyptian efforts were continuing, he said, but they were getting nowhere.

Internasjonal presses dekning av sivile ofre på Gaza fungerer som Hamas’ forlengede propagandainstrumenter: for den muslimske verden er de martyrer, for den vestlige verden humanitære ofre som viser Israels brutalitet. Resultatet er gevinst for Hamas linje. Pressen rapporterer rakettene, pliktskyldigst, men sier lite om strategien bak dem.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/deaths-in-gaza-attacks-on-israel-spell-rising-popularity-for-hamas/