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joe emersberger



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Re: http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/story.jsp?story=504091

In Yassin's obituary you write that

"Hamas was not formally outlawed by the Israeli military authorities until 1989, fuelling the still commonly held belief among secular Arab nationalists that Israel and US intelligence fostered the group as a useful counterweight to Arafat's PLO."

In fact, conservative analysts in the US consider it a fact that Israel funded Hamas during its early days. It is not at all a "belief" restricted to Arab nationalists.[1]

A UPI article by Rachard Sale in 2001 quotes Tony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic Studies and former State Department counter-terrorism official Larry Johnson. Both contend that Israel funded Hamas. Sale's article also quotes US officials, unnamed at their request, who made the same assertion.

This information should have been refered to in your obituary.

Regards,

Joe Emersberger


1: Richard Sale, "Israel gave major aid to Hamas," UPI, Feb. 24, 2001
http://www.upi.com/print.cfm?StoryID=18062002-051845-8272r
Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:52 am
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Suttonian



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From your last link:

"According to former State Department counter-terrorism official Larry Johnson, "the Israelis are their own worst enemies when it comes to fighting terrorism."

"The Israelis are like a guy who sets fire to his hair and then tries to put it out by hitting it with a hammer."

"They do more to incite and sustain terrorism than curb it," he said. "

thanks..
Thu Apr 01, 2004 3:05 pm
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