Just so that nobody thinks that they are not still trying to kill Israelis, Hamas is keeping up its rocket and mortar barrage of southern Israel, and has reached a milestone of sorts:
Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fired 1000 mortar rounds and rockets towards Israel since Hamas took power four months ago, Israeli security officials said Wednesday.
A military official told Ynet that “Hamas-sponsored terror groups are trying to maintain a constant level of terror activity against Israel.
The IDF estimates that approximately 350 Qassam rockets and 650 mortar rounds have been launched at Israel since then.
Most of these were directed at Israeli territory although some were fired at IDF forces operating inside Gaza.
These numbers only represent launches that have been identified and recorded, so the actual number of attacks is likely to be much higher.
Many of these have landed harmlessly in open areas, some have simply caused panic and destroyed property, and others have seriously injured and killed people.
Meanwhile, the official Palestinian Authority [PA] of Mahmoud Abbas is making demands for the amount of territory that it expects to receive as a result of the coming Mideast Summit to be held in Annapolis MD on November 26:
In a joint declaration, [Palestinian negotiator Ahmed] Qureia said, it would be enough to declare the 1967 lines as the starting point, say the border is open to modifications, based on the principle that the Palestinians end up with as much land as they lost in 1967. The exact border would be worked out in negotiations following the Annapolis conference. Part of the deal would likely be a land corridor linking the West Bank and Gaza, separated by 40 kilometers of Israeli territory, but other swap proposals have not been raised. — Jerusalem Post [my emphasis]
I would like to point out that the Palestinians didn’t ‘lose’ anything in 1967, because they didn’t have anything. The West Bank and East Jerusalem were occupied by Jordan prior to the 1967 war, as a result of the aggressive war started by the Arab nations in 1948. The Palestinians didn’t seem to have a big problem with that ‘occupation’, since the occupiers were Arabs, but never mind.
Suppose there is a deal with the West Bank branch of the PA in which large amounts of territory are transferred to Palestinian control, Jerusalem is divided, control of the Temple Mount is given to Jordan or an international body, there is a ‘corridor’ dividing Israel in two, etc.
Then my question is this: what is to prevent the Abbas faction and the Hamas faction from reconciling and rediscovering their shared interests (what these are can left as an exercise for the reader)?
What will happen to all of those Hamas rocket scientists when “peace” has been achieved and there is a corridor connecting Gaza and the West Bank?
Indeed, what will happen when the Hamas elements gain control of the PA?
What will happen when, in accordance with the “peace” agreement, the IDF does not have freedom of action in the West Bank? Imagine a mortar attack on the Ben Gurion airport, or Katyushas landing in Tel Aviv.
It seems to me that instead of finding creative formulas for saying that the Palestinians really own Israel’s home while not letting them move in, the Israeli government should insist that the Palestinians first find a solution to their terrorism problem, before any territory is transferred.
There is really no point to continue in the present direction while under fire, because — unless Hamas is dealt with — the security situation can only get worse.