Candor? In Gaza?

Yes, I know: unbelieveable. But true!

Ghazi Hamad, the spokesman for the Hamas-led Palestinian government, penned an article in Al Ayyam placing much of the blame for anarchy in Gaza on the armed thugs that have come to rule the streets. “We’ve all been attacked by the bacteria of stupidity,” Mr. Hamad wrote. “We have lost our sense of direction.” He addressed the armed groups: “Please have mercy on Gaza. Have mercy on us from your demagogy, chaos, guns, thugs, infighting. Let Gaza breathe a bit. Let it live.”

Of even more potential import , Hamad questioned the utility of firing rockets into Israel that cause few casualties but result in many Palestinian deaths when the Israelis retaliate.

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One Comment on “Candor? In Gaza?”


  1. […] Steven Erlanger has a depressing dispatch in today NYTimes about the increasingly desperate struggle to feed one’s family in Gaza. This dynamic is chiefly responsible for the announcement earlier this week that a Palestinian national unity government will be formed. It was a clear sign that the Hamas government – which thought for a time that it could govern in the face of the world’s (and much Palestinian) rejection – has failed. The extent and significance of this failure will gradually become clear. For now, we are hearing more and more candor from even high-ranking Palestinian officials that every hardship (and there are many) cannot be blamed on Israeli malevolence. There is, however halting and insignificant, a sense that Palestinians are beginning to look in the mirror. […]


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