Hamas is made up of lying hypocrites, of course. They have celebrated targeting Israeli civilians for years; now they pretend they are considering doing it in response to Israeli actions. There Are No Civilians In Israel Update from the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to all who sent this in:
Israel has not ruled out the possibility of releasing Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas legislator Salah al-Bardaweel said on Sunday.
But Bardaweel’s comments stand in stark contrast to the unequivocal comments made Sunday in the weekly cabinet meeting by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen Dan Halutz, and head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, who all said that Israel would not release prisoners for Shalit because this would only encourage more and more kidnapping attempts.
Meanwhile, Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, on Sunday threatened to attack infrastructure facilities inside Israel, including schools, hospitals and universities. The threat, the first of its kind since Hamas won the parliamentary election last January, was issued in response to continued Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip.
“If they continue with these attacks, we will strike at targets in Zionist territory that we have not struck until now,” said the organization’s spokesman.