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Hamas challenges Egypt's bid to close Gaza border

Citing the breach in Gaza's southern border, some top Israeli officials have advocated cutting Israel's remaining links with the coastal territory and putting the onus on Egypt.


Isreal seems to be saying they've had enough dealing with them - let Eygpt seal with them.
Yesterday sources inside the Isreali government were saying they no longer need to provide aid to the Strip that now it's Egypt's problem.

Almost in fact insinuating that Gaza should become a defacto part of Egypt.

This post edited by wader 03:38 PM 01/25/2008
 

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A Coming Hamas-Israel War?

It's difficult to decide which will go over the edge first, Lebanon or Gaza. Maybe both at the same time, hand in hand, and - if you believe Israel - with a gentle shove from Iran.

Bets are on Gaza to explode first. Although Hamas claimed that Monday's suicide bomber in Dimona, the first in a year, came from the West Bank, the Israelis still are investigating whether he got into the country from Gaza via Egypt while the border fence at Rafah was breached. It's certainly possible. An estimated 750,000 Palestinians, half of Gaza's population, crossed into Egypt and back, primarily to shop for basic goods unavailable at home.

Israel also suspects that advanced long-range rockets, anti-tank rockets and anti-aircraft missiles were smuggled into Gaza during the breach. But more ominously, Israel claimed that, along with the weapons, Iranian-trained Hamas guerrillas came across at the same time - presumably to operate the new weapons. The Negev was hit by rockets on Tuesday, but they were an old model, Qassams.

At this point Israel has to be wondering if Hamas is planning a real war, something along the lines of the 34-day war in 2006 between Israel and Hizballah. A Hamas official didn't put that suspicion to rest when he said that next time Hamas might knock a hole in the fence that separates Gaza from Israel.
 
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