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HAMAS TORPEDOES MILK SUPPLY TO GAZA

Hamas Deliberately Shells Israeli Trucks Delivering Milk To Palestinian In Gaza Strip

IDF Gen. Yusuf Mislav: 'Hamas Government In Gaza Is Trying To Torpedo Humanitarian Supplies To Gaza For Propaganda Purposes'

'There Is No Threat Of Starvation Or Humanitarian Disaster In Gaza'

Hamas welcomes Israeli milk supply to Gaza (Credit: Ishai Nerel)

A senior IDF officer, responsible for overseeing the supply of humanitarian aid to Gaza , has rejected allegations that the Palestinian population will soon be facing starvation and other deprivation. In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee Gen. Yusuf Mislav said Israeli policy is to ensure that Palestinians in Gaza receive adequate humanitarian aid - Israel refuses to have any contact with the radical Hamas regime in Gaza that identifies with Iran's aim to wipe Israel off the map. IsraCast quotes Gen. Mislav as saying : 'The Hamas regime actually launched a mortar attack on Israeli milk supplies to Gaza today as part of its propaganda campaign about looming starvation'.

'The Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip is trying to torpedo humanitarian supplies being sent through an Israeli border crossing to the Palestinian population' - this was disclosed by IDF Gen. Yusuf Mislav the coordinator of Israeli activities in the Palestinian areas. Gen. Mislav said Hamas terrorists in Gaza today launched a mortar barrage on an Israeli truck convoy transporting milk to Gaza. The government of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was trying to create the impression that a humanitarian disaster and starvation is looming in Gaza due to Israel's complete cut in ties after the Hamas takeover last month. The general, an Israeli Druze, had no doubt that the Hamas government had approved today's attack - 11 mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel.

Gen. Mislav added that Israeli policy is to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Gaza for both moral and political reasons. And at present, Palestinians in Gaza were not suffering starvation or other deprivation - Israel was supplying water, electricity and fuel as usual. Since, the Hamas takeover last month that expelled President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement, Israel had permitted 40,000 tons of food, drugs and other commodities to be shipped into Gaza via the Israeli crossing at Soufa. Fifteen hundred trucks had transported the cargo to the terminal where it was off-loaded to Palestinian vehicles in a ' back to back operation' The transactions were being conducted without any contact with Hamas - international organizations and Palestinian merchants handle the Palestinian side. Immediately after the bloody infighting between Hamas and Fatah last month, Israel had rushed 6,000 tons of wheat to Gaza to keep flour mills running.

As for the atmosphere in Gaza, the Palestinian population was worried about their future economic situation and with good reason. Gen. Mislav said there is a growing sense among West Bank Palestinians that they would prefer to cut their ties with Gaza. A majority of the West Bankers are not refugees and enjoy a higher standard of living than their brothers from Gaza. Gen Mislav said: The West Bankers would just as soon forget about unity with Gaza'. In any case, Hamas was consolidating its grip on Gaza where local women have got the message that radical Islamists are totally in charge - many more now wear veils in public ' so as not to have any trouble with Hamas extremists'. On the West Bank, there was growing cooperation between the Palestinian government there and Israel. In keeping with Prime Minister Olmert's pledge Palestinian tax monies are now being transferred to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, some IDF roadblocks have been lifted allowing greater Palestinian freedom of movement and the Shabak Security Service is now working on a revised list of 250 Palestinian prisoners without blood on their hands but who still have significant time to serve behind bars. For its part, the Fatah regime on the West Bank had passed a law against the possession of illegal weapons but it was still unclear if the Palestinian authorities would follow through on this highly sensitive issue.

David Essing

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