January 19, 2009

IT WOULD BE EVEN FUNNIER IF IT HADN'T BEEN SUCH A WASTE:

Israel rushes to withdraw troops as Gaza reconstruction talks begin: Olmert aims to have forces out before Obama inauguration: Hamas says it intends to rearm as soon as possible
(Rory McCarthy in Zeitoun, Peter Walker and agencies, 1/19/09, guardian.co.uk

The Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said his government wanted to get forces out of Gaza "at the greatest possible speed". Israeli officials told the Associated Press the plan was to leave before Barack Obama's inauguration as US president tomorrow.

No Israeli troops or tanks could be seen along the main road between Rafah, in the south of Gaza, and the outskirts of Gaza City, to the north. The bulk of the forces were believed to have withdrawn towards Israel's border with the east of Gaza. [...]

Today, Hamas's military wing vowed to begin rearming as soon as possible. "Manufacturing the holy weapons is our mission and we know how to acquire weapons," Reuters reported Abu Ubaida as telling a news conference.

Leaders and representatives from more than 20 Arab nations met today in Kuwait to discuss reconstruction in Gaza. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said his country would begin by donating $1bn (£680m) to help finance the rebuilding.


The exercise only made sense if Israel's goal was to put the final nail in Fatah's coffin. A worthwhile end, just not theirs.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2009 8:39 AM
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