Interesting inteview in the Guardian today with Abu Obieda, the commander of the Izzedine Qassem Brigades. He lays out the priorities of Hamas for Gaza: restore stability and security for the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, put an end to interclan feuding, provide jobs and looking after the welfare of the Gazans. The fight, he says, was with the security apparatus of Mohammed Dahlan c.s. and not with Fatah as a whole. Hamas is persuading Islamic Jihad to stop firing missiles on targets outside the Gaza Strip. The events of the last few days confirm that Hamas wants to restore peace and stability in the Strip and try heal the rift with Fatah. This is also in the interest of those in Israel, who want a cessation of hostilities and let the situation settle down in anticipation of political negotiations. It would be completely pointless to try and negotiate a political solution to the whole conflict and exclude Hamas. It is imperative to involve Hamas in the political process.
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Former IDF general Avigdor 'Yanush' Ben-Gal dies at 80 (Haaretz)
from the article: Let Gaza live