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Just as there has been no mention of the murder of two IDF soldiers, one day apart, cruel hanging in Gaza, harassment of anybody who does not think the officially approved thoughts on the West Bank, and many other stories. But we have been spoon fed how Netanyahu spoke in New York, and a very sparse on actual facts summary by the NTB on Israel’s sharp criticism of the Council of Europe’s call for banning circumcision within the EU

Gaza again under blockade, but not by Israel

Under Egyptian pressure, Hamas has launched a campaign against resistance groups planning attacks on Israel.

By Moshe Elad | Sep. 24, 2013 | 6:30 AM |


Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, meets the Hamas Prime Minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas (l) with deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. Photo by AP
Moshe Elad
Moshe Elad
An Arab proverb says: “Hit the saddle, the horse will understand.” Egyptian General Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi is striking hard at the terrorist cells in the Sinai peninsula – and the Hamas government in Gaza already understands where the Egyptian minister of defense and head of the military government is heading. For now, the target of the Egyptian offensive may be the Salafists and Bedouins in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, but the Gaza Strip already feels the heavy hand of the Egyptian regime: The tunnels have been collapsing on top of their smugglers and this cheap and worthwhile economic channel is starting to disappear. On the other side, purchases from Israel are becoming more and more problematic, since there is no cash in Gaza. This time, the feeling really is one of blockade.

The Egyptians started the blockade on Gaza for another reason, too: The interim government in Cairo sees Hamas as the ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, an alliance that poses real danger. It is possible that el-Sisi fears that if the Muslim Brotherhood moves to terrorist operations, Hamas – an organization considered expert in terror – will be asked to lead deadly operations throughout the Egyptian Republic. The Brothers, it should be remembered, have not dealt in terror since the 1990s; if they do decide to act, they may well call on their brothers from Gaza to stand with them.

But it seems the Egyptian warning was understood. Hamas leaders Haled Mashal and Ismail Haniyehresponded with a magnificent show of responsibility. For example, Hamas recently created rapid intervention units, charged with locating and stopping terror cells trying to attack – heaven forbid – Israel. Who will remove the dust from your eyes, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin? Would you have believed that the movement you founded would become a subcontractor for the IDF’s security work?

Meshal and Haniyeh are lucky that the Syrian crisis has overshadowed the sensational headlines from Gaza. The Hamas units were ordered to strive for zero terror attacks against Israel and zero patience against the terrorist cells in the Gaza Strip known as the “recalcitrants.” There have been widespread arrests of “resistance operatives” in recent days. Yes, those who resist the “resistance,” as Hamas is called, are being arrested. These activities are being broadcast on Al Jazeera and reported in Arab newspapers – and are being done “without the [Israeli] High Court of Justice and the  B’Tselem [human rights organization],”  as the late Yitzhak Rabin used to ridicule. If the Egyptians don’t take care, the leaders of Hamas may even get rid of their rocket stockpiles.

But it is not just the “recalcitrant” opposition that Hamas is suppressing. In the spirit of the times, the first signs of non-religious civil protest are beginning to appear; the protest of residents against the Muslim Brotherhood movement. The Tamarod (rebellion) movement in the Gaza Strip, similar in name to its Egyptian big brother, has already announced its desire for a government that would allow Gaza residents to live normal lives. Hamas’ reaction was immediate: A broad wave of arrests, in which the remainder of Fatah and human rights activists, journalists and bloggers suspected of bearing the Egyptian message were swept up.

Yes, the Gaza Strip is under blockade – but this time it’s not Israel’s doing. The residents of Gaza say they will never forgive the Egyptians for making them miss … Israel. The daily lines at gas stations, the skyrocketing price of food and the shortage of some basic goods, alongside the closing to the Gaza public of the Egyptian border crossing; all this should be shown to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. They are the ones who described the period of May 2010 as the “Israeli blockade” and rushed to send off the Mavi Marmara to remove the blockade. Now they will be forced to find a new definition of what is happening in Gaza.

Dr. Moshe Elad is a lecturer at Western Galilee College.

4 comments for “Not seen anywhere in Norwegian media

  1. : )
    October 6, 2013 at 12:53 am


    Aftenposten has written about this terror today.

    But the Norwegian public has not been given any reason why its more terror now.
    Do you McG have any info?

  2. Eric R.
    October 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    The most surprising thing about this post is to see an article where Haaretz is NOT blaming Israel.


  3. martin
    October 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Norwegian, lokup the site I have mentioned before to you. DEBKAFILE. A youngster was also shot at point blank range because he is Jewish. The prof has enough to do.

    Abbas, according top the leftwing media has apologised. Yet, when all the facts are presented……..Abbas has initiated a new reign of terror, no doubt due to the perceived weakness of the present US administration and inability to have a meaningful knowledge of political awareness. Israel today has some understanding with some of her enemies regarding the present situation in Syria, Egypt etc.

    Norwegian, have a look at DEBKAFILE and let us know what you think of it.

  4. : )
    October 8, 2013 at 5:16 am


    welcome back from holiday. Big us, to much sun in France? I think its heavy to read this page Martin. I like to see Homecoming, I tried to see Hatufim when it was on NRK, but it was to hard. I have heard that Israelis pays 50% in tax is it true? I have no problem to see that to live in Israel can be difficult, and the one that give up blame the system for the problems they get. I tried to have contact with a woman at age 50 – 60 that came to Israel as 18 and was nearly killed by a Palestinian man. She was saved by IDF, but she suffer mentaly because her family refused to have more to do with her after this because the felt she had missbehaved. I just find it odd that no one has thought that its smart to give her mental help for PTS after this than letting a person live in shame for 30 – 40 years, its super smart! She found out that the best she could do was to let me know that I had nothing to do in Jewish community her in Norway. With people that are in pain and no one helps them, its not much fun to be inside of what ever it is, to walk on glass is not a good way to live!

    A question can one regard Hanne Kvanmo as a ex NS? Ellen was not very happy to talk about Hanne Kvanmo, why?

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