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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Hamas debating an attack on US targets in the Middle east

Jerusalem Post

Hamas plans to attack American targets in the Middle east, a TIME Magazine report released on Friday said.

According to the report, Hamas officials discussed the idea during underground meetings in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The terrorist organization was "running out of patience" with the US and wants to retaliate.

The organization was fuming over the Bush administration's efforts to bring down the extreme Islamist government, Hamas said.

The movement was apparently split regarding the issue and had until now refrained from striking US targets, said Hamas. Moderate factions in Hamas felt that a US attack was not in its foreseeable future, and instead supported an idea that the US and Europe could be persuaded to release financial aid to the Palestinian Authority held back since Hamas was voted into power, TIME reported.

Hamas members who spoke with TIME said that the movement's extremists were trying to take advantage of internal arguments within the organization. They blamed the US for bias support for Israel and pressuring Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas into breaking up the Hamas cabinet.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had apparently poured oil on the fire by trying to convince "moderate" Arab regimes into taking a stance against extreme Arab organizations including Hamas during her recent visit to the Middle east.

"The US has become very hostile to the Palestinians," a Hamas field commander told TIME. "We shouldn't stand by idly while the Americans are plotting against us."
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