backed terrorist groups are continuing to dig tunnels from Gaza into Israel, to
be used to get terrorists past the security fence and into Israel. One such
tunnel was recently discovered and destroyed. It extended 700 meters into
Israel, and was apparently intended for an attack on a small Israeli town north
of Gaza. Meanwhile, Palestinian terrorists continue to fire unguided Kassam
rockets into southern Israel. Now, the terrorists are also firing mortar shells
at the border crossings from Gaza into Israel. Some shells are also being fired
in the direction of Israeli villages near Gaza.
Hamas denies any involvement in these attacks, and protests Israeli
attacks on Hamas terror organizations. At the moment, Israel has the
Palestinian terrorists in check. In the West Bank, Fatah cooperation has led to
serious damage being done to the terrorist cells there. Moreover, many
Palestinian terrorists groups are turning their attention to each other, as the
competition between Hamas and Fatah gets more violent.
In Gaza, Hamas is forcing
the clan based gangs to turn in some of their weapons, and to stop anti-Hamas
operations. Getting the clans and gangs
to halt their criminal activities is another matter. Acknowledging that Hamas
is the most powerful gang in Gaza, the other gangs publicly tow the line, while
running their scams more discretely.
Meanwhile, the real
struggle is between Hamas and Fatah. Both have tried to rid their territory
(Hamas controls Gaza, Fatah the West Bank) of their opponents. But this has not
worked. There are many Fatah supporters in Gaza, and Hamas supporters in the
West Bank. The Palestinian civil war will continue, in the shadows.
In Lebanon, the siege of
Islamic militants in a Palestinian refugee camp continues. There are about 70
terrorists left alive, and a hundred of their wives and children. The
terrorists will not surrender and say they will fight to the death. The
Lebanese air force has been dropping 550 and 880 pound bunker buster bombs on
the al Qaeda affiliated fighters. So far, 140 soldiers have died in the
fighting, while nearly 300 terrorists have been killed, captured or got away.
Several dozen civilians have died as well.
Lebanese politicians are still deadlocked over how to deal with
Hizbollah control of south Lebanon.
August 20, 2007: The European Union (EU), which still supplies
nearly half a billion dollars of aid each year to Palestinians, has cut off
money for fuel for the Gaza electric plant. This was in response to a Hamas
attempt to impose a tax on electricity bills. This would have put the EU in a
position where they were subsidizing Hamas. This the EU will not do as long as
Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel. There is a dispute inside Hamas over
this issue. Some Hamas leaders call for taking the Fatah approach, where you
simply lie to the foreigners, tell them what they want, and take the money.
Other Hamas leaders believe that this is not possible now, because Hamas has
been calling to Israels destruction for so long, and because Fatah began their
scam long ago, and the foreigners have had time to get used to it.