Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal said Thursday that his group would not recognize Israel, but it wants to join a national unity government with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' rival Fatah faction. ''Hamas will not surrender ... and will not recognize Israel,'' Mashaal said at a news conference in Damascus, where he lives in exile.ASSAD/OMAN NEWS:
Syria’s state media yesterday rejected an overture by Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres who said Syrian President Bashar al Assad was welcome to visit Jerusalem. “Israel, the United States and the whole world knows that no Syrian citizen would accept this invitation to Jerusalem,” Al Baath, the newspaper of the ruling party in Syria. ... Peace talks between Syria and Israel have been frozen since 2000. Damascus demands that Israel hand over the Golan Heights, which it has occupied since 1967, but Israel insists on keeping a small strip on the Sea of Galilee.These two islamothug regimes are solely supported by IRAN. Here's Iran's publicly stated position:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Thursday that, "Palestine is the front line of the Islamic nations in their struggle against the aggressive superpowers." In a chilling prelude of what a nuclear Iran will bring, Ahamdinejad also told Hamas official Sa'eed Seeyam that, "Iran has no problem transferring its successes and experience in any field to the Hamas government."These three enemies of Israel are also the enemies of a free and democratic Iraq - and the USA is clearly saying that now - (finally!):
Hamas has killed more Israelis than any other terrorist group, using suicide bomb attacks and other means to target civilians. Ahmadinejad praised the "victories" of Hamas and Hizbullah, saying, "Such victories have called the fake Zionist regime to challenge inside the occupied territory and have raised questions on the existence of this regime throughout the world, including Europe and the US."
The US ambassador to Iraq accused Iran and Syria on Thursday of supporting the armed groups involved in the country's increasingly bitter and violent civil conflict. ... "Two countries are particularly playing a negative role: the Iranian and Syrian regimes. These regimes are supporting groups who are killing Iraqis," he said, talking in an unusually direct way about the alleged interference of Iraq's neighbors. ... Their objective is to use Iraqis as cannon fodder in their plan to keep Iraqis divided and Iraq weak. Iraqis must unite against their enemies and against sectarianism and the killing of the innocent," he said.This new clear and direct and forceful tone may be related to this:
... the United States, Bahrain and other states will hold their first naval exercise in the Gulf this month to practise interdicting ships carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles, US officials said on Wednesday. ... The exercise, set for October 31, is the 25th to be organised under the US-led 66-member Proliferation Security Initiative and the first to be based in the Gulf near Bahrain, across from Iran, the officials said.Er, um... there is only one proliferator in the region... IRAN. And we are obviously getting ready to rumble... and we obviously want the Iranians to know we are getting ready. The reasoning is simple: If we want Iraq to thrive and Israel to survive then we must "deal" with IRAN. BTW: It will NOT get esier to "deal" with Iran AFTER they have nukes... As the man says: FASTER, PLEASE...