Good luck with that, Hamas is already hard at work, smuggling in weapons to restock their armory. Of course they will still have thousands starving, but so what? As long as they have rockets to wage jihad against Israel, all is well.
Gaza City, 23 Jan. (AKI) – Israel and Egypt have taken steps to increase security and stop arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. The move came amid unconfirmed claims that Israelis are also smuggling arms into the Palestinian territories from Israel.
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, defence minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Livni approved new security arrangements at a cabinet meeting late Thursday, following recent talks with officials in Cairo to address the issue.
The Israeli cabinet measures include the creation of possible checkpoints in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, as well as moves to prevent smuggling boats from docking at Port Said.
Livni and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently signed a memorandum of understanding intended to stop the ruling Hamas movement from rearming in Gaza and to stop arms smuggling.
The memorandum outlines the appropriate measures to be taken by the US, Egypt and other countries.
The technical details of the proposed arrangements were endorsed during recent discussions between Amos Gilad, a top Israeli defence official, and officials in Cairo, including intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.
Meanwhile, the secretary-general of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights, Mukhlis Qutub, said that Egypt has proof of weapons smuggling from Israel to Gaza and said there was evidence that Israeli soldiers sold weapons from army depots.
“Egypt has documented proof of the existence of arms smuggling from Israel to the Palestinian territories ,” said Qutub in an interview with the pro-government Egyptian daily al-Ahram.
“We also know of weapons that come from the Israeli army depots sold to the Palestinians by Israeli soldiers.”
One of the requests in the memorandum of understanding between Israel and the US is a ground penetrating radar or GPR, to detect tunnels, as well as supervision to stop the alleged smuggling of arms from Iran.
Israel has also allowed Egypt to increase the number of border guards along the Gaza-Egypt frontier by up to 1,500, said a senior Israeli political source quoted by Israeli daily, Haaretz.
The US has accused Iran of supplying weapons to the militant group Hamas via a network of tunnels into the territory from Egypt.
Israel claims its three week long aerial and ground offensive against Gaza was designed to stop Hamas firing rockets into Israel by targeting rocket-launching infrastructure, weapons caches, and the suspected arms-smuggling tunnels.
Palestinian medical officials said that at least 1,330 Palestinians were killed and more than 5,000 were injured in Operation Cast Lead.
It’s funny that Palestinians always seem to be short on food, fuel, blankets, etc.. but they almost never seem to be short on rockets. And of course the Gazans do nothing to prevent or stop Hamas from continuing to do this, for one of two reasons. One, they voted in Hamas in the hopes that Israel would be wiped out. And two, Arabs living in the middle east are among the laziest people on earth. Call me racist for saying it, but ask anyone who has lived here and they will agree. Be it an American or European working in the Oil sector, as a Teacher or with the Defense Department, an Indian Doctor, Lawyer, Tailor, or the Bangladeshi, Indonesian, and Philippino day laborers worked 7 days a week for 12 hours a day for a salary ranging from 75 dollars to 300 dollars a month.
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