Those peace-loving muslim Palestinians are at it again.
On Tuesday, Mideast envoy Tony Blair called off what would have been the first visit of a top Western diplomat to Hamas-ruled Gaza, after Israel’s Shin Bet security service received “pinpointed and imminent” intelligence that there was going to be an assassination attempt on his life.
The Shin Bet security service said it had received “information that Palestinians were planning to attack Blair in Gaza, so the relevant services alerted him to the fact.”
They say the information about the attack was “detailed and credible.” Militants planned to attack Blair’s convey with explosives while he was traveling in Gaza.
Blair’s visit Tuesday was to have included a tour of a Gaza waste-water project and meetings with traders and U.N. officials, but not with leaders of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that seized Gaza by force more than a year ago.
Still, Hamas had made security arrangements for Blair, setting up checkpoints in areas he was expected to tour, banning cars from using roads, and lining streets with black-clad policemen carrying AK-47s.
Since the Hamas takeover, Gaza has been virtually sealed off from the world by Israel and Egypt, a policy that has received tacit international backing.
Blair has said in recent weeks that a new policy toward Gaza needs to be developed, pointing to the growing suffering of Gaza’s people, but has not offered a plan. The options are limited because much of the international community considers Hamas a terrorist group and has shunned its government.
Now I do feel for the children caught in this mess, but the Palestinians elected a terrorist group of their own free will. Blair comments on the suffering of the Palestinian people, lack of food, fuel and resources, but doesn’t mention that they brought it on themselves willingly. Nor does he mention that there never seems to be a shortage of rockets to fire into Israel, or a shortage of carbombs to detonate at crossing points.
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