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article imageOp-Ed: Palestinians Angry With Hamas, U.S. Happy With Palestinians

By G. Robert M. Miller     Jan 24, 2009 in Politics
It will be a long time before we truly understand the reasoning behind the Israeli offensive in Gaza. However, with news that Palestinians are growing increasingly irate with Hamas leadership, American leaders are surely smiling.
If the Israeli attack on Gaza was indeed planned and coordinated months, if not years in advance – designed to take place on the eve of Bush’s exit, and approved by US authorities in an effort to remove Hamas from power – it appears as though the political ends of the war may have been achieved.
Issued today on is an exclusive with angered citizens living in Gaza. Titled “Who Has Won Here?” the article discusses the way the war has caused Palestinians to grow dissatisfied with Hamas leadership. Quoting the article on Spiegel, a Palestinian named Mohammed Sadala talks about Hamas:
“I used to support Hamas because they fought for our country, for Palestine. (But this) is the change that they brought about. We were blasted back 2,000 years."
Interviewed from the rubble that was once his home, Sadala relived the day that he and his family were forced out due to the war. As Sadala walked through the ruins of the home that once held his family of ten, he found the dead body of a Hamas fighter.
As reported by Ulrike Putz, author of the Spiegel article:
“(the now dead Hamas fighter) and a comrade broke into the home which had long stood empty after the Sadala family fled. The Hamas men shot at the approaching Israelis from the balcony. The soldiers fired back, killing the militants and destroying the house of the 10-strong family in the process.”
On January 13th 2009, Adam Entous of suggested that the military operation had been approved by US officials for the very reason of returning the more moderate political party, the Palestinian Authority, back to power:
“The aim would be to ensure that credit for reconstruction accrues to President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority, and not to the Iranian-backed Islamists who won a 2006 Palestinian election and seized control of Gaza 18 months later.”
If Entous’ deduction was indeed correct, it looks as though the American objective behind the war in Gaza may have been achieved; Palestinians are enraged that Hamas fighters took to the streets and fought against Israeli troops while innocent civilians were trying to flee.
They are also enraged that Hamas is declaring the current ceasefire a victory. While interviewing another Palestinian, Abu Abed, Putz found more distain among Palestinians directed at Hamas:
"I've changed my mind about Hamas, I can't support any party that wages a war that destroys our lives. Who has won here?”
The answer to that question, if Entous is right, is the United States of America.
Thanks for reading.
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