Many a useful idiot in the West will nod in agreement that fighting back causes jihad. So much for Hamas’ roughly 5-minute “ceasefire” the other day, which gave new meaning to “not worth the paper it’s printed on.”
And yet, as reported below, Hamas is offering still another ceasefire even today. Jihadist truces are not intended to last longer than the Muslims need them to, and Hamas’ turnaround time here is taking that to a whole new level.
Hamas now claims it “didn’t know” the school bus it hit with an anti-tank missile was carrying children. Recognizing that this attack turned out to be both bad for business and cause for a more intense response from Israel, they essentially blame the bus for being there, insisting IDF vehicles use the road, too.
Typical, all of it. “Hamas: We’ll broaden attacks if IDF strikes continue,” from the Jerusalem Post, April 9:
Hamas said on Saturday it would escalate it attacks against Israel to include a wider range of targets deeper into Israeli territory if the IDF failed to halt its aerial assaults on the Gaza Strip.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri blamed Israel for an escalation in violence. “If the Israeli escalation continues, amid international silence and complicity, the reactions by resistance factions will broaden,” he told Reuters, saying such actions would be necessary to protect Palestinians in Gaza.
At the same time as it made the threats, however, the group seemed to be attempting to deescalate the situation in the Gaza Strip, which has left more than a handful of its commanders dead.
Abu Zuhri also said that Hamas operatives did not intend to target Israeli schoolchildren when they fired a guided missile at a school bus two days ago, critically wounding a teenager and sparking the latest round of border fighting.
“It was not known that the bus targeted on the outskirts of Gaza carried schoolchildren,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters, adding that the road where the bus was travelling was often used by IDF vehicles.
Officials in Jerusalem said that the government received a request from Hamas’ political wing asking for a cease fire Saturday afternoon, Israel Radio reported. The request was reportedly delivered through intermediaries, according to the officials.
Additionally, an Israel Radio report quoted Palestinian security officials as saying that the decision to escalate the situation by Hamas was made by the commander of its armed wing, Ahmed Jabari, against the wishes of its political leadership in Gaza and Damascus.
According to the Palestinian source, Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh accused Jabari of “megalomania” for his actions in escalating the situation, according to the report. He added that Jabari’s decision to escalate the situation was partly motivated by the assassination of his close friend, Ismail a-Lobed, who was the organization’s point man for smuggling weapons into Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula….
Hamas’ language and actions tend to imply there can’t ultimately be that much of a split, as long as the rockets are still launching in Gaza.