Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hamas vs. al-Qaeda in Gaza

"Hamas security forces battled with Islamic radicals from an al-Qaeda-inspired group in the Gaza Strip on Friday, killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others, according to media reports from the Palestinian territory. The leader of the group known as Jund Ansar Allah triggered the gun battles by defying Gaza's Hamas rulers earlier in the day. He declared an "Islamic emirate" in the territory in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, near the Egyptian border.
The fighting began when Hamas forces surrounded a mosque in Rafah, where about 100 members of Jund Ansar Allah, or the Soldiers of the Companions of God, were holed up, according to residents. The leader of Jund Ansar Allah, Abdel-Latif Moussa, warned Hamas forces against trying to enter the mosque compound. "If Hamas does that, it will be their end," he said."

Do we really expect Israel to negotiate with these "neighbors"?

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