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August 19, 2006
Our Sympathy Is Limited

Ismail Haniyeh wants the world to come to his assistance. The Hamas leader demands that the international community demand the release of his deputy prime minister, captured by the Israelis a day earlier:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has appealed to the international community for help to secure the release of his deputy.

Nasser al-Shaer was detained by the Israeli army early on Saturday.

Mr Haniya, from the Islamic militant movement Hamas, said the arrest was part of an Israeli attempt to undermine the Palestinian political system .

The Israeli army said it had detained Mr Shaer because he was a member of a "terrorist organisation".

Lest anyone forget, Hamas kidnapped an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, more than two months ago in order to extort the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons. Now Haniyeh runs crying to the world because the Israelis have begun to arrest Hamas' leadership for its part in this provocation and other terrorist actions. When did terrorists become such whiny sob sisters, anyway?

If Haniyeh wants to get his ministers out of Israeli detention, he can start by coughing up Shalit and stopping the rocket attacks and suicide bombings aimed at Israeli citizens. Until then, he can just suck it up all by himself.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 19, 2006 11:09 PM

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