Eliminating the competition and simultaneously helping Obama make his case that the Palestinian leadership is “moderate” — and should be given a state that bisects Israel.
“Hamas ‘working to curb Gaza rocket attacks,'” from the BBC, April 2 (thanks to Carl):
Leaders of the Hamas militant movement which controls the Gaza Strip have said they are working to curb rocket attacks against Israel by smaller factions.
Spokesman Ayman Taha said the Hamas government was trying to maintain calm in Gaza for “the national interest”.
He spoke hours after Israeli planes carried out bombing raids on what it said were weapons factories in Gaza.
Hamas PM Ismail Haniya also urged the international community to intervene to avoid an escalation in violence.
“We are contacting the other Palestinian factions in order to reach an internal consensus as to the measures we may take in order to protect our people and strengthen our unity,” Mr Haniya said.
Four of the strikes took place near the town of Khan Younis, where two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinian fighters were killed in clashes last week. Three children were reportedly injured in the Israeli strikes….
Of course, the BBC says nothing about how Hamas launches attacks from civilian areas in order to provoke retaliatory fire that it can use for propaganda purposes.