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Palestinian leader warns of Hamas arms smuggling

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  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian president on Thursday accused Hamas of smuggling large amounts of weapons into the West Bank as part of the militant group's efforts to undermine his administration.President Mahmoud Abbas' his swipe at his Hamas rivals comes at a sensitive time, with the Palestinians divided between rival governments and U.S.-brokered indirect peace talks with Israel getting under way. Abbas said his security forces have confiscated most of the smuggled weapons.
    Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from Abbas' forces three years ago, and the two factions have been at odds since. Israel fears Hamas could also stage a violent takeover in the West Bank, and those security concerns, along with the Palestinian factions' failure to reconcile, are likely to be key issues in the new round of peace talks.

    In a newspaper interview published Thursday, Abbas accused Hamas of undermining efforts to reconcile the two factions by challenging his administration's power in the West Bank.
    "What they are doing is smuggling weapons and explosives and storing them in the West Bank," he told the London-based Arabic paper Sharq al-Awsat. "On a daily basis, we find caches of weapons and big amounts of explosives."
    The White House Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, is in the region this week for the start of indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — the first negotiations between the sides in more than a year. Israeli officials have said that security issues top their agenda, after years of rocket fire from Gaza at Israeli border communities. Israel fears that Hamas control of the West Bank would put the militant group on the doorstep of Israel's biggest cities.
    Despite Abbas' allegations, Hamas appears to be significantly weakened in the West Bank after a lengthy crackdown. Dozens of Hamas militants are in either Israeli or Palestinian jails, and most arms busts by Abbas' forces yield only small weapons caches.
    Omar Abdel-Raziq, a Hamas lawmaker in the West Bank, called Abbas' allegations "absolutely not true." He accused the president of trying to curry favor with the Americans and Israelis.
    Israeli defense officials have expressed satisfaction with the performance of Abbas' security forces in recent months. Palestinian forces trained in a U.S.-sponsored program now maintain law and order in most West Bank cities.
    There was no direct Israeli response to Abbas' comments, but the defense officials said they were unaware of any significant arms stockpiling by Hamas in the West Bank. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing an intelligence matter.
    Mitchell was holding a second day of talks with Israeli leaders before meeting with Abbas on Friday. The indirect peace talks are expected to be officially launched this weekend, after a symbolic vote by the executive committee of Fatah, Abbas' party.
    The U.S. hopes the indirect talks will lead to direct negotiations aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.
    The Palestinians refuse to hold face-to-face talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unless he freezes construction in West Bank settlements and east Jerusalem — territories the Palestinians claim for their future state. Netanyahu has imposed a partial construction freeze in the West Bank. That order does not include Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, though there are signs of an unofficial construction freeze there as well.
    Mitchell met Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, whose office said the hour-long discussion concerned ways to turn the indirect talks into direct negotiations.
    In the West Bank settlement of Hashmonaim on Thursday, Israeli authorities demolished a three-story building they said was built in violation of the construction freeze. Police said one person was arrested.
    Also Thursday, Israeli firefighters said it appears a fire in a West Bank mosque earlier this week was likely deliberately set.
    Palestinian investigators already accused Jewish settlers of setting Tuesday's blaze, which destroyed holy books and prayer rugs in the village of Luban a-Sharkiyeh.
    Settlers have attacked Palestinian property in recent months to protest their government's decision to slow construction in Jewish settlements.


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36982802/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/
     
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    Sasa tujiulize sasa huyu anawashitaki wapalestina wenzake kwa nani kama sio kujikomba? yeye hajui kwamba wayahudi wana mpaka silaha za nuclia yeye analia nini kama kuna wapalestina wanaojiweka sawa pia, kibaraka mkubwa huyu yeye anakula kuku, anaishi maisha ya kifahari safari kila siku marekani kama Kikwete, hela za wamarekani za kumwaga wakati gaza hata kidonge cha aspirin hawana, vifo vya watoto na wamama wajawazito ni kama kawa, mpaka mafuta ya taa ya kuendeshea mitambo ya hospitali hakuna, wa israeli wanadiriki hata kutumia sumu kulinda mtaro huku wakijua unatumiwa na wapalestina kuingizia mahitaji yao ya kila siku. Hawa ndio viongozi wetu jamani kwa hiyo aki ripoti hivyo anategemea ndio aonekane super? sasa huo kama sio uhaini ni nini? yeye anafikiri kuna mtu atakaempa uhuru kwa kupitia hiyo mikutano yao na Netanyahu?
     
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    Mwana wa Mungu JF-Expert Member

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    kwasababu anaona hamas wanaweza waka mu over throw muda wowote, wakaanzisha fujo na waisrael, raia wengi wa palestina wakafa kwasababu ya upumbavu wa hamas. hivyo anaongea kutetea wapalestina wasio ha hatia ili wasiingizwe kwenye ugomvi usio wao in the future. mtu kama wewe usiyeelewa ndo unaona anajikomba. israel wana nukes ndiyo, wana silaha za kufa mtu ndiyo...ndo maana waarabu wamefyata mkia.

    hamas wamechukua silaha hizo,so are the hezbolah, ili kuisaidia iran, wakati wowote israel itakapokuwa inarusha makombora iran, syria na iran wamewapa hao vibaka silaha ili wawe wanawashambulia kama kipindi kile. israel inalifahamu hili na wamejiandaa kwa vita za aina zote. waarabu wanajikaanga wenyewe, na israel inazidi kunenepa tu kila siku. soon,tutaenda kushuhudia vita ya tembo (israel) na panzi (iran na syria) wakisaidiwa na sisimizi (hamas na hizborah)..hapo ndo utaona namna tembo atakavyowakanyaga kanyago moja tu wote wamesagwasagwa. maandalizi hayo yameshakamilika, sasa kinachotafutwa na sababu/mlango wa kuingilia...wakipata sababu tu eg. iran au syria ikifanya chochote israel ikapata sababu pa kuanzia, utaona moto wake.
     
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