Sunday’s Fatah False-Flag Operation Points to the Larger “Accountability” Question; Who Really is the “Moderate” Palestinian Party?

by Scott Creighton

Yesterday in the town of Rafah in Gaza,  Israel attacked a car, injuring 5 people that they said was being used by Hamas militants transporting “rockets”.  Israeli military spokesman said it was in retaliation for the launching of 10 or so rocket out of Gaza that targeted Southern Israel. This, on the same day that Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said any such attacks would be met with a “severe and disproportionate” response.

However, yesterday a Hamas spokesman stated on an Israeli radio show that they were not behind the rocket attacks and that they didn’t know where they had come from or who had shot them off.

The Hamas spokesman is suggesting that the only people with anything to gain from these attacks, that will certainly by used by Israel as justification for more violence and wanton destruction in Gaza, would be “those Israeli collaborators”.


Well, this morning Al Jazeera English is reporting that another group, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (the military wing of the Fatah faction loyal to Mahmoud Abbas) has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, told Al Jazeera that it carried out the attacks. al Jazeera

Now this is no small admission when you take into consideration that Mahmoud Abbas’ complicity with Israel’s increasingly illegal occupation of the West Bank, plus the fact that Hamas, not Abbas’ Fatah Party, was freely elected to run Palestine until Israel and the U.S. didn’t like the outcome of that election, so they helped Abbas overthrow Hamas.

It’s also important to note that Abbas’ party has been recently referred to as the “moderate” ruling party of Palestine that Israel and the U.S. want in charge of the Gaza Strip.

With Hamas signaling it is willing to enter a cease-fire with Israel, it was the U.S.-backed Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas whose so-called military wing took responsibility for a barrage of rockets and mortars fired from the Gaza Strip today.

Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades called WND and also released an official pamphlet to take credit for firing at least five rockets and four mortars today World Net Daily

So with Hamas stating that they want to enter into a new cease-fire with Israel, who benefits from these new attacks?

Well, clearly Fatah and Israel. Fatah wants Hamas weakened and eventually removed from control of Gaza, especially now after the recent attacks, because they have actually gained support within Palestine for standing up to the occupying IDF; the next election in Palestine would probably see greater loses for Fatah.

It’s no secret that several Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials in the West Bank would have liked to see Operation Cast Lead end with the removal of Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip. … One of these officials, a close associate of Mahmoud Abbas’s, went as far as saying in a closed meeting that Israel made a “big mistake” by not finishing the job and keeping Hamas in power. Jerusalem Post

Hamas being in control of Gaza also gives them control of the huge natural gas reserves sitting off-shore. Those reserves have been the subject of negotiations between Israel, Egypt, and Abbas for years, and a weakened Hamas in the area would allow Fatah to move in, take control, and finalize the deal of handing over the natural resources of the Palestinian people to Israel.

But giving away Palestinian resources to the Israelis is nothing new for Abbas’ Fatah party. They have been doing it for some time now in the West Bank, or at least, turning a blind eye to the settlements that take the best land and water resources from Palestinians and hand it over to Israeli settlers.

So right now, we certainly have a situation developing in Gaza that looks like a classic false-flag operation; Fatah wants control of Gaza and so they get their operatives in Gaza to launch rocket attacks on Southern Israel so that the IDF is justified in launching their “disproportionate” attack on what’s left of Hamas.

And when you think about it, looking back over the last 23 day pounding of Gaza, Israel reported several times that Hamas was “terrorizing” members of rival factions (Fatah); killing them, capturing them, wounding them and so forth.  This, Israel claims, shows how brutal Hamas really is; killing and attacking “their own”.

Top diplomatic sources in Jerusalem told WND last month Abbas and his top representatives had waged a quiet campaign for months asking the Israeli government to target Hamas in Gaza just before the PA president’s term in office expired Jan. 9 World Net Daily

Now, if you were to take this new information into account, perhaps you would get a better understanding of the situation from the beginning.

Have Abbas’ al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades been launching rockets all along, with the intention of helping Israel justify the wiping out of Hamas? Is that why Hamas captures and kills Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade fighters when they can? They are simply protecting their people by trying to stop rocket attacks?

This story should be on the front page of every paper and news website in America right now. These connections are not hard to make. The fact that the story is getting so little press, after the obvious war crimes committed over the past month, shows just how complicit the American main stream media is in the genocide in Gaza.

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15 Responses

  1. Abbas is a quisling who has the blood of many a Palestinian on his claws.

    He’s enjoying the good life now, being fêted, wined and dined in many a world capitol.

    Which he’ll continue to enjoy until Israel decides they no longer need Abbas to carry out their plans for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, then Abbas will be squished like a bug and the murder, committed by Israeli internal security forces, will be blamed on some moderate Palestinian faction or Syria or Lebanon, which ever place Israel next plans to invade to steal that land and water.

  2. The gas reserves…. the problem. Why don’t they just let the top bidder get the reserves… the money goes to restoring Gaza and Hamas receives 30% of all profits from the production of the reserves… with stipulation that the money will be used for benefits of all Palestines. That way, Israel will leave the Palestines alone and the so called ‘war’ will be over.
    If any production of the reserves requires access to the Gaza by the buyer of the reserves, then the ‘buyer’ pays rent fees of whatever land it needs for gas reserve production. The water front area of the Gaza will again be open to the palestines and a careful laid out area of the water will be allowed to be used for reserve production at any one time.

  3. Jan, stop making sense!

    The NG setting off the shores of Gaza was already sold to BP and Israel with Palestine only getting 10% of the profit.

    Nice work, if you can get it.

    Hamas knows that deal sucks and is trying to restructure the bid so Palestinians would receive more money from their own natural resource.

    But that’s something Israel will not let happen.

    If NG is off the shore of Gaza and oil is off the borders of Gaza in the Sinai, makes one wonder if Gaza isn’t sitting on some choice oil fields.

  4. Israel says that Gazan Massacre was a “dress rehearsal” for bombing Iran.

    Israeli envoy to Australia: Gaza op a ‘pre-introduction’ to attack on Iran By Asaf Ronel 01/01/2009

    The Gaza operation was merely a “pre-introduction” to the challenge Israel would face from Iran, which will become a nuclear power within a year, the Israeli ambassador to Australia said Sunday.

    According to Australia’s Channel 7 television, Ambassador Yuval Rotem made the statement at a meeting with leaders of the Sydney Jewish community, having first asked that the cameras be switched off.

    While being filmed before the discussion, Rotem said, “The best thing to do is to have a very open dialogue if there are no reporters or journalists here,” before telling the cameraman to stop filming.

    “He said that Israel’s recent military offensives were a pre-introduction to the challenge Israel expects from a nuclear-equipped Iran within a year,” Channel 7 reporter Sarah Cummings said. She also quoted Rotem as saying “Israel’s efforts in Gaza were to bring about understanding that we are ready to engage in a decisive way.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1060802.html

    If this happens, life as we know it, will cease.

  5. Oh my goodness…. Greg, what cheerful news. Darn… if what you say is true, then it doesn’t matter what Obama does….. its all for nothing anyway… only good thing is that most of the elites will die also…… well, no… I don’t want anyone to die…. just want to get back into the wonderful american years where almost everyone was getting to college and jobs were good and tec and science was thriving and people were seeing their future as easier or comfortable and the movies were affordable and bread was only 1.29 a loaf and gas was 69cents a gal….. and people could afford the dentist and a doctor…. and and … good grief, I live in a dreamland.

  6. Jan, we can have that America that you described, but it will have to be taken by force as the politicans and generals who have been feeding off us for so long will not give up easily that which they have stolen.

  7. Write your Senator or Rep and ask them what kind of health care plan they have. Think they have “gate-keepers” and have to deal with stingy ass HMO’s who aren’t interested in your health but in protecting the bottom line?
    Or do they get top quality medical care from a physican of their choice and pay little, if anything for that care?
    I’ve sent a request last Fall to my Rep, asking that question and so far, believe it or not, she hasn’t responded.
    Probably too busy taking care of business to reply, ‘ya think?

    AMY GOODMAN: Explain that a little further, because people are so used to health insurance. It’s equated with free market capitalism, yet not the same in other countries. Explain how it operates and how it could be different. You actually have big companies like General Motors now who are really changing the tune in this country around healthcare.

    DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: Yes. Well, Amy, if you have a business, you have to devote a lot of resources not to running that business, but to negotiating for and dealing with health insurance companies for your workers. Our competitors, the Canadians, the Europeans, the Japanese, the Australians, etc., in all other modern countries, the costs of healthcare are on the books of society, and you don’t insure for that, because this isn’t a risk you’re insuring for; it’s a cost. You know what it will be every year from the size and age of the population.

    And so, a friend of mine, a former Fox News anchor, thought recently—found a lump in her breast. She’s moving to France. She’s not fully into the French system yet. She went to her neighborhood clinic, because under their system you do have to go to the neighborhood clinic. They saw her in a matter of minutes. They quickly determined that all she had was a cyst. They treated her. And she was out the door after paying a hundred-euro fee. She would have paid no fee whatsoever if she had been fully in their system.

    And they don’t have doctors devoting hours and hours to cost accounting. We don’t make kindergarten teachers do cost accounting, or police officers or prosecutors. Why do we have doctors doing cost accounting? Because a narrow band of people have become fabulously, unbelievably fabulously wealthy off of this enormously inefficient system we have in America, which doesn’t fit with the principles of capitalism. You know, Adam Smith, who figured out market economics and whose book is still in print 233 years later, said that any policy that benefits the majority of the people must be a good policy. Well, this is not a policy that benefits the majority of the people.

    And health insurance companies have an incentive to not pay. I have a son who had a heart attack. He was taken to one hospital, nearly dead, put in an ambulance, taken to the next hospital, and his health insurance company refuses to pay for the ambulance, because they say, “Well, why didn’t you drive yourself?”

    http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/2/david_cay_johnston_more_corporate_tax

  8. Greg, their health plan is paid for by tax payers (for the rest of their lives , even if they only serve two years)(and they get a pension). The plan covers dental, hospital, doctors, eyecare, foot care, x-rays… just everything.
    In contrast… Medicare, which cost about $100. or more per year for each Social Security receiver, only covers limited doctor care (after your yearly deductible which sometimes takes 3 to 4 months to get over it) and hospital IF your doctor refers you to the hospital. (that is a new policy change) If you have ot go to the hospital for an emergency, you are fully responsible. So if you are dying, go to your doctor first… of course it might take several months to get an appointment.

  9. I was just being a smartass. Congress probably has one of the, if not THE best health care on the planet that continues even after they leave Congress.

    And they only have to serve 12 years before being fully vested in their pension.

    Sweet.

  10. Greg, we both might be wrong. The House and Senate are fully invested after 5 full years of service on retirement and health care. they can fully retire on full benefits after 20 years or after reaching age 62.
    Their salaries current are $174,000.00 a year with addittional perks of handouts and gifts.

  11. Five years to be vested in the taxpayer paid pension plan? They’ve changed that, dropping it from the original 12 years.

    Nice work, if you can get it.

  12. Part II:

    Their salary is a drop in the bucket compared to what they pay themselves for “expenses,” like hiring your wife or girlfriend and other relatives to work in your offices.

    Senators get around 2 million a year and Reps, around 1.5 million and I believe that is tax free money, since it’s not considered pay, but expense money.

  13. Guess their lunches are considered expenses and their cars?

    Guess there is an age limit on applying for senator or rep but darn… some of us should apply…. and then hire the rest of us for office help or to run errands.

  14. That’s why the sleazy bastards–not all, just about 90% of them–fight like maniacs to keep that job.

    Toss in getting wined, dined and 69’d by the Fortune 500 and the bribes, oops, i mean the “campaign” contributions they get and it’s a path to wealth beyond the grasp of most Americans.

    I could overlook some if not all of the corruptness, if they were working for us, but we’re not even on the menu.

  15. Yeah, that is the crunch of the corn…. they don’t even listen to or represent their voters anymore.

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