Thursday, June 19, 2008

Olmert says truce last chance for Hamas

How foolish it is for Olmert to make such remarks in public before the launch of this truce. These show precisely the character that has led to his long list of problems, his struggle-ridden northward adventure included.

Everyone knows this truce is perilously fragile. How lacking leadership and statesmanship to bluster out, even before it starts insults and threats to the group with whom you expect to cooperate!
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CANBERRA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Hamas on Thursday that an Egypt-brokered truce pact was the militant group's last chance to avoid another Israeli military incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Hamas supporters and the people of Gaza were "pissed off with Hamas" after years of violence, Olmert said in an interview with Australia's Sydney Morning Herald.

"I think the strategy of Hamas, which does not want to recognise Israel's right to exist in the first place, and the extremism, and the fanaticism, and the religious dogmatism, is the enemy of peace," Olmert reportedly told the newspaper.

"We are at the end of our tolerance with regard to terror in Gaza."

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