Hamas: Continue Pressuring Israel

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CBNNews.com - Hamas officials expressed satisfaction with Israel's renewal of diesel fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip, but called on the Muslim Arab world to keep up the pressure on Israel.

Israel's decision to supply Gaza with diesel fuel "does not constitute an end to the siege on Gaza, as the real crisis and distress stem from the ongoing blockade," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

On Tuesday, at the behest of Arab League foreign ministers, the U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency session on Gaza.

Following Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's partial lifting of the full closure that began Thursday, Palestinians fired nine Kassam rockets and 13 mortar shells on southern Israel Monday evening.

It doesn't take a Rhodes scholar to make the connection.

"The siege on Gaza gave us some room to breathe," Sderot resident Eli Dahan told YNet news service. "We thought to ourselves that maybe now Gaza's residents would pressure Hamas into stopping the rocket fire. But our government immediately retreated," he said.

Just a few weeks ago, Dahan's wife Ayelet barely made it to the family's bomb shelter with their infant son before a Kassam decimated the baby's nursery.

The Dahans returned to their home this week, though the damaged top floor will take more time to repair.

"We wanted to come back to restore some sense of routine for the children," Dahan said.

"We spend the evening with relatives and when we left to go home, the rocket alert sirens blared. We started running and ducked for cover behind a garbage container. I thought to myself how we, the parents, must look to our children, running like this," he said.

"The rocket fire tonight is proof that Barak was too brash," said Alon Davidi, who heads up the Committee for a Secure Sderot.

"He is a defense minister who lacks an understanding of this war on terror," said Davidi.

"Nothing could be more morally sound than cutting Gaza's power," he said.

Source: YNet news service

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