Zahar: New Israeli gov´t won´t risk Iran, Gaza wars (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/11/12)
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Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Wednesday that the current
international and Arab landscape prevents the possibility that the
new Israeli coalition will launch military operations against Iran
and Gaza, or attempt to recapture the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt.
Speaking during an interview with the Bethlehem-based Ma´an news
agency, Zahar rejected claims that the addition of Shaul Mofaz, who
served as IDF chief of staff during the second intifada, would make
the Israeli government more warlike.
"Not one of the leaders of the occupation can be classified as worse
than the other. Attempts to categorize them as doves and hawks is
incorrect, they are all fond of shedding Palestinian blood," Ma´an
quoted Zahar as saying.
Zahar contended that, although Israel desires to launch an attack on
the Gaza Strip and Hamas, the role of Egypt following the fall of
Hosni Mubarak, and the warnings of the current Egyptian leadership
against a large-scale military operation in Gaza, prevent Jerusalem
from doing so.
The Hamas leader also stated that US President Barack Obama was
against an Israeli military operation in Gaza, as he does not want
such an operation affecting his campaign to be reelected to a second
term in November. Zahar added that the US was not likely to endorse
an Israeli strike on Iran because of Tehran´s abilities to retaliate
against US interests in the world. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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