Wednesday, February 19, 2014

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Hamas (Didn't) Engage Israel

Recently there was a report of Hamas asking Israel for "restraint" after some rockets were fired. The Huffington Post didn't cover that, nor did they cover this follow up story:

Hamas officials categorically denied Tuesday a Times of Israel report to the effect that Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh had contacted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu via interlocutors and had requested IDF restraint after a series border clashes.

“These claims are completely fabricated,” Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad, who was named by Israeli-American mediator Gershon Baskin in the report, told Anadolu Agency. 
The reported message, relayed by Haniyeh through Baskin, came after an escalation of violence between the sides threatened to spiral out of control two weeks ago.
Haniyeh’s alleged message requested Israeli military restraint, after a series of rockets from Gaza hit the south and Israeli planes struck back at sites in the Strip in late January and earlier this month.
But Hamad denied that any correspondence – written or verbal – took place between the two.
“Egypt remains the only mediator with the authority to transfer messages to and from Israel,” he contended.

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