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Mar 25, 2004 2:53 pm

Israel and Hamas: Strange Bedfellows

Lest we forget (or that we never realized it in the first place):

“In the early 1980s the occupation authorities encouraged the founders of Hamas, hoping that they would create a counter-weight to Yasser Arafat and the PLO. Even after the start of the first intifada, the army and the security services gave preferential treatment of Hamas.” —Uri Avnery, long-time Israeli writer and peace activist

Hamas's suicide bombing is what they call "blowback".

(It shouldn't be necessary to add this, but it is:"blowback" is not a synonym for"justified.")

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