Sunday, October 11, 2009
In "Gaza militants say Hamas stops their rocket fire", Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams want us to know that Hamas has been enforcing law and order in Gaza, preventing other terror groups from firing rockets at Israeli civilian communities to otherwise "avenge Israeli fire on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian protests over a contested Jerusalem shrine".
Not only that, but Hamas police have even blocked Islamic Jihad street rallies and arrested members from IJ. All very respectable for Hamas which is "deeply conservative" in Reuters' parlance but willing to enter into a "long-term truce with Israel". There are even unnamed Israeli defense officials who "have credited Hamas" with the "tapering off" of rocket attacks from Gaza.
Quite a makeover.