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PA, Hamas not interested in escalation
Published Tuesday 26/02/2013 (updated) 06/03/2013 21:09
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A third intifada is not likely to erupt in the occupied West Bank, neither a military confrontation is expected between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, say Palestinian analysts.

Two local analysts highlighted Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is not interested in a third intifada, because the results would be disastrous.

Similarly, Hamas is not interested in ending the ceasefire and resuming military confrontation with Israel forces.

“The missile fired Tuesday from the Gaza Strip was just a threat, but it can’t be seen as escalation against the Israeli occupation,” the Gaza-based analyst Talal Ukal told Ma’an.

He added that the Palestinian factions operating in the coastal enclave remained committed to the Egypt-brokered ceasefire, and “would tolerate Israel’s violations to a certain extent.”

Tension prevails in the West Bank, he added, because of the prisoners’ issue, the ongoing settlement expansion and settlers’ violence and the dire economic conditions. However, the political leadership are not willing to start an intifada, and Israel “is happy with appeasement and is not interested in escalation both in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.”

He added that by withholding Palestinian tax revenues, Israel plans to exert a certain degree of pressure on the PA, but not too huge that it leads to deterioration. Nevertheless, he said, Israel treats the Gaza Strip as an “enemy entity” so Israel is not concerned about ceasefire even if the Palestinians are concerned.

Similarly, Shakir Shubat, a West Bank analyst, says political leaders both in the West bank and in the Gaza Strip are not interested in confrontations with the occupation. “Hamas is not interested in either an armed or a popular intifada as the movement is trying to reach a security agreement and wouldn’t prefer warfare in Gaza.”

He added that Israel seeks to restore “warm relations with Egypt.” Israel, he said, is taking advantage of Egypt’s influence on Hamas to fight arm smuggling and to shut down smuggling tunnels. The Israelis succeeded to get the Egyptian government to take certain security procedures against Hamas which the former Egyptian regime has not done, such as destroying smuggling tunnels.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/02/2013 22:21
Only a fool or a tyrant would want an intifada. It would bring nothing be death and destruction to the Palestinians. The world does not want to donate more and more and more money to people who riot instead of negotiating peace. You fools all seem to hate Fayad, who is the only Palestinian leader who appears to be working for you to make jobs and improve your society. Everybody else is talking war. Like the Bord said: resistance is futile. Join the 21st century!

2 ) Mahmoud / Palestine
27/02/2013 00:13
The difference here is the PA doesn't preach about "armed resistance", so it makes sense that there is no interest for an escalation, the people themselves don't want it (only a few go out in protests). As for Hamas, who have succeeded at treating Gaza as an independent entity, always preach "armed resistance" but here they are preventing anyone from armed resistance!!! At least the PA is honest!!!!!

3 ) Arnold / Canada
27/02/2013 00:19
All that is needed is for a Palestinian leadership willing to tell the people the truth. That Israel has a right to exist and that they the Palestinians need to accept different borders for their State of Palestine. Till that happens there will be less and less to claim. Everyone in the ME is either involved in their own crap or just tired of the Palestinians.

4 ) ronen / israel
27/02/2013 01:47
hamas isnt interested in escalation but two articles above this one the title reads "hamas calls for abducting more soldiers"... hamas PA and maan will be very peaceful once they are all in the sinai peninsula

5 ) Passive / Lies
27/02/2013 04:44
The PA & Hamas are NOT interested in stopping an escalation either, so they can NOT complain about Israel's defensive measures !!

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
27/02/2013 04:47
Israel's deterrent strikes against terrorists are leading to peace, while Palestinians refusing to negotiate is leading to nothing.

7 ) Robert / US
27/02/2013 05:05
Let's see, Hamas is not interested in reconciliation, not interested in elections and not interested in escalation. That's three for three.

8 ) Peace & Freedom / Negotiations
27/02/2013 14:21
- Abbas says "No peace without freedom for prisoners", and
Israel says No freedom for prisoners without peace, and
- Obviously freedom and peace must be achieved simultaneously,
so it's time to stop making such statements and NEGOTIATE them,
or it's time to accept there will be no peace & no FREEDOM !!!!

9 ) rayo / usa.ps
27/02/2013 14:51
israel now no the situation,they can forget abou an intifada,

10 ) Mediator / Egypt
28/02/2013 17:26
Israel has got to be stopped- and obviously it's gonna take force, so the Palestinians are gonna have to do something or else the US & UN can start playing by the rules.

11 ) Tobias / USA
01/03/2013 15:58
True, the PA & HAMAS may not be interested in an escalation,
but they WILL NEVER BE INTERESTED IN PEACE with Israel either,
WHICH is what MAINTAINS the state of "PALESTINE" status-quo AS
someting more than an "authority", with Gaza & Areas A/B divided
between Fatah & Hamas, and something LESS THAN A REAL STATE.

12 ) ABE / USA
03/03/2013 18:40
After reading this article tell me again how Hamas defines victory?

13 ) Johnny benson / USA
06/03/2013 03:45
Why not release all prisoners....into gaza.....as long as they do not have blood on their hands.......then have the death penalty for future terrorists.....

14 ) am / .ps
06/03/2013 18:27
hilarious

15 ) ian / australia
08/03/2013 02:30
#1 "Like the Bord said: resistance is futile." I think that's Borg Brian but I don't want to get into a nerd war or anything.
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