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Dr. Dan Schueftan: 'Fatah Suicide Bombing At Kedumim Again Shows There Are No 'Good Guys Or Bad Guys' On Palestinian Side'

'Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh Is Trying To Weasel His Way Into Pockets Of West, While Fatah Headed By President Abbas Carries Out Killing'

Two of the four terror attack victims: Rafi and Helena Halevi

The Palestinian suicide bombers keep coming - this time one got through. Disguised as an ultra- orthodox Heredi Jew, the terrorist blew up four Israelis who stopped to give him a ride near the settlement of Kedumim on the West Bank. The IDF responded by stepping up its counter-terror operations. The Fatah organization, officially lead by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), claimed credit for a brilliant and daring operation. This while the new Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has been toning down Hamas rhetoric that includes a vow to exterminate Israel and the Jews. Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, analyzes the aftermath of the Kedumim bombing in this interview with David Essing:

'There are no good guys or bad guys when it comes to the Palestinian leadership - sometimes Fatah is in power and the Hamas are terrorists and vice- versa'. That's the view of Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East analyst at Haifa University who says the Kedumim bombing exposes the Palestinian strategy after the election of a Hamas government. He goes on to say that Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is trying to weasel his way into the pockets of the West and so Fatah are the terrorists'.

Dr. Dan Schueftan

Dr. Dan Schueftan is a senior Israeli academic and deputy director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, where he also serves as a senior lecturer in the School of Political Sciences. Schueftan has served as an advisor to Israel's National Security Council, and to former Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon.

Schueftan adds that any contact with the Palestinians is always under the shadow of terrorism that is supported wholeheartedly by the Palestinian people. The goal is to kill Jews and it doesn't matter if it's settlers at Kedumim or children in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The Hamas leaders have simply learned a few words that seem appropriate for journalists or people who know nothing about the Middle East. In Schueftan's opinion, only the enemies of Israel will consider seriously what Ismail Haniyeh is saying. However, it was possible that some European officials might fall for it but this would be like supporting the Boston Strangler because he is less radical than Jack the Ripper!' Schueftan concluded: 'Progress on peace is possible only if the Palestinians dismantle the terror organizations, however their government is a terror organization'.

David Essing

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