Cold-blooded Murder? Yes! Legitimate Resistance? No!
The Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) were stunned as an attack on one of their convoys by Palestinian resistance fighters caused the death of three and injured four others. One other soldier has been taken hostage. The lives of Israeli soldiers are apparently worth more than that of Palestinian civilians, dozens of whom have been killed in the past two weeks in the Occupied Territories. The Israeli Defense Minister has vowed to take revenge on those who perpetrated the attack, as Prime Minister Olmert not surprisingly put the blame on the Abbas and his government. Israelis seeking revenge for soldiers killed in battle is acceptable, but Palestinians seeking revenge for children and innocent men and women killed in cold blood is not. Welcome to Israel, the "only democracy in the Middle East".
The Hamas led Palestinian government had this to say about the attack:
"We are calling on the resistance groups, if they do have the missing soldier... to protect his life and treat him well," said spokesman Ghazi Hamad, speaking in Hebrew at a press conference.
"We urge Israel not to go towards an escalation," he said.
An article in the Washington Post completely disregarded the above statements made by the Palestinian government's spokesperson, and instead opted to include Abbas's condemnation of the attack.
This is what he had to say, from Aljazeera:
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, condemned the attack in a statement saying: "We have always warned against the danger of certain groups or factions leaving the national consensus and carrying out operations for which the Palestinian people will always have to pay the price."In another statement from his office, Abbas had this to say:
''All [factions] had agreed to continue the cease-fire and stop all the military attacks against Israel, in order not to give Israel any pretext to launch a large-scale military operation that they were threatening our people with in Gaza. This attack contradicts all we heard.''
Who is this man kidding?! Since when does Israel need a pretext for firing missiles into Gaza and the West Bank?! Since when does Israel need an "excuse" to attack Palestinians on beaches, in their homes, and in the streets?! Israel does whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to whoever it wants. Without any regard for human life, Israel launches attacks left and right on a daily basis, and gets full support from its strongest ally, the US.
The most that Abbas could muster is a condemnation of a legitimate resistance attack on a military target; a basic right for every occupied population in the world. What a shame!
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