Israel didn’t blacklist Hamas

Monday, December 05, 2005 | 
Israel should have requested that Hamas operatives trying to enter the Gaza Strip from Egypt be turned away, according to a source quoted in Israeli news reports. The source said that Israelis should have included that condition when they negotiated the Rafah border deal. In recent days several Hamas terrorists crossed into Gaza and Israel has threatened to limit Gazans' access to Israel. But, under the terms of the American-brokered agreement, entrance is allowed to anyone with a Palestinian ID. The source said Israel waited too long after the withdrawal from Gaza while international pressure mounted for a deal to defuse Gaza's growing economic crisis. This allowed the Palestinians to prevail in their objections to such a blacklist, he said. But Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's spokesman Ra'anan Gissin rejected the criticism of Israel, saying, “We were very stubborn in insisting on security measures to prevent what's happening now.”

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