Arab governments and media blast Hamas over Gaza violence

Monday, January 12, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Governments and Arab media outlets across the region continued to pour criticism on Hamas at the weekend for turning the Gaza Strip into a blood-soaked battlefield in its war against Israel.

"Ever since Hamas seized control over the Gaza Strip in 2007, they turned the area into hell," Egyptian political analyst Magdi Khalil told The Jerusalem Post.

Karam Jaber, editor of the semi-official Egyptian weekly magazine Ros Al-Youssef, insisted that "history won't forget to mention that Hamas inflicted death and destruction on the Palestinians."

Jaber accused Hamas of allowing itself to be pawns "in a destructive war on behalf of the Iranians and the Syrians."

In remarks carried by the Palestine Press news agency, Palestinian Authority spokesman Ahmed Abdel Rahman slammed Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for rejecting an Egyptian-French ceasefire proposal and for asserting that Hamas was actually winning the Gaza war.

"Khaled Mashaal is speaking as if tanks are surrounding Tel Aviv," said Rahman, when in fact it is Gaza City that is bearing the brunt of the fighting.

An editorial in the same publication asked Hamas what it had ever done to positively impact the lives of average Gazans, noting that the group had an opportunity to turn Gaza into an important port territory, but instead created a terrorist haven.

Egyptian Minister of Manpower Aisha Abdel Hadi accused Hamas leaders of espousing an "extremist and terrorist ideology" that is the root cause of the suffering of the people of Gaza.

[Hat tip Elder of Ziyon]

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