The United States is pressing Israel to help bolster security forces in the Gaza Strip that are loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Major General Keith Dayton, the U.S. security coordinator, recently discussed the function of the pro-Abbas Presidential Guard and National Security forces with senior Israeli officials.
The Americans believe that strengthening Abbas loyalists and deploying them in friction points along the north of the strip and Philadelphi route in Rafah will eventually improve the security situation.
The defense establishment is undecided about helping to bolster the pro-Abbas forces and enabling Abbas to pay their wages. Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh is the main advocate for helping to strengthen the Abbas loyalists.
"The idea is to change the balance, which so far has leaned in Hamas' favor. Well-trained [pro-Abbas] forces could help tip the balance," Sneh told The Washington Post.
"We don't give them operative orders, that's Abbas' business," he added.
The head of the research division of Military Intelligence, Brigadier General Yossi Baidatz, on Friday told the diplomatic corps that the Hamas modus operandi in Gaza was identical to that developed by Hezbollah in South Lebanon. "Hamas is taking over Fatah and Abbas' properties and equipment that the international community is bringing into Gaza," he said in an intelligence briefing at the Dan Hotel.
Are you so sure that Abbas is a moderate? The same Abbas who wrote his doctoratw thesis on Holocaust denial? The same Abbas who told fighting Palestinians to 'raise their rifles against the Occupation'? A brilliant strategy for the War on Terror: Let's give terrorists weapons! I'm off to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. I'll get them real good- by giving them American nuclear secrets! That doesn't sound right? Then why does giving Arab murderer thugs weapons to kill Jews acceptable?
Sunday, May 20, 2007