Hamas on Thursday issued a veiled command for the residents of Gaza to ignore Israeli warnings of impending aerial strikes and to remain in their homes as human shields.
Israel routinely warns Palestinians, even targeted terrorist leaders, of planned strikes on their homes at least 5–10 minutes before the bombs actually fall. Most often, these warnings come in the form of a telephone call or a “knock on the roof” using low-impact mortar shells.
The reason homes are targeted is because Hamas typically hides its weapons in and launches its attacks from nearby civilian population centers. Additionally, Israel has been bombing the homes of senior Hamas officials, arguing that these locations have become terrorist command and control centers.
The latest Hamas directive came in the form of a request that Gazans not “cooperate” with Israel by paying heed to the advanced warnings.
“The goal of these [Israeli warnings] is to create confusion among the citizens. Citizens are not to heed (or cooperate with) these messages and are not to leave their homes,” read the order issued by the Hamas Ministry of Interior.
In other words, those who do flee their homes when Israel gives them the chance to do so could be labeled as traitors and therefore face a fate far worse than Israeli bombs.
Hamas has intentionally placed the people it rules between a rock and a hard place.
Jimmy Carter and a number of other “respected” international leaders insist these terrorists, who have as much disdain for their own people as they do for their enemies, are a legitimate governing entity and must be negotiated with.
In a 2009 interview with NBC, Carter insisted Hamas could be trusted. He added that “there won’t be peace in the Middle East without Hamas involvement,” and urged the US government and Israel to negotiate with the terror group.
And the West wonders why it has been so unsuccessful in brokering peace.