All Options Open against Israel after Annapolis: Hamas
29/11/2007 Hamas warned on Thursday that all options were open for the Islamic resistance movement against Israel after a US conference that revived settlement talks and five days in which Israeli occupation troops had killed 12 resistance fighters in Gaza. "All options are open to answer any crime, especially after the Annapolis conference, which gave the Zionists a green light to commit more and more crimes against our people," said a statement from the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military armed wing.
Since Sunday, Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip has killed 12 resistance fighters, most of them from the Islamic resistance movement. Hamas vigorously opposed the international conference in Annapolis, Maryland this week that revived Israeli-Palestinian talks after a seven-year freeze and to which the Islamic movement was not invited.
Hamas also warned the Palestinian leadership against making good on its pledge to implement the roadmap for Middle East talks - as expressed in a joint statement that the two sides agreed just before the start of the conference on Tuesday. The first phase of the roadmap - an international plan that has made next to no progress since its launch in 2003 - calls for the Palestinians to undertake "visible" steps against fighters planning attacks on Israelis.
"It is not acceptable to implement the steps in the first phase of the roadmap, especially if they arrest our mujahedeen or take our weapons," the statement said. "If this happens, it will mean a declaration of war between us and any side which implements the roadmap steps."
In their joint statement, read out by US President George W. Bush at the start of the Annapolis conference on Tuesday, the Israelis and Palestinians agreed "to immediately implement their respective obligations under the performance-based roadmap."
|Fatah, Hamas to Join Ranks if Israeli Army raids Gaza|
30/11/2007 Fatah will fight alongside Hamas if and when the Israeli occupation army launches a military operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior Fatah official in Gaza City said Thursday. Israeli occupation troops take up a position during a battle on the Gaza border. "Fatah won't remain idle in the face of an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip," the official said. "We will definitely fight together with Hamas against the Israeli army. It's our duty to defend our people against the occupiers." The Fatah official said his faction would place political differences aside and form a joint front against Israel if the Israeli army enters the Gaza Strip. "The homeland is more important than all our differences," he said.