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Report: Hamas Boasts it Will Obtain US Funds and Arms

WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein says Hamas officials are expecting to receive a portion of the $86.4 million allocated to Fatah by the US.
First Publish: 1/10/2007, 1:24 PM / Last Update: 1/9/2007, 11:28 PM

WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein says Hamas officials are expecting to receive a portion of the $86.4 million allocated to Fatah by the US.

Klein quotes a spokesman for Hamas, referred to as Abu Oubaida, as saying, "I am sure that, like in the past, this $86 million from America will find its way to the Hamas resistance via the honorable persons in the Fatah security organizations, including in Force 17. I can confirm 100 percent that this money and purchased weapons will find its way to Hamas."

The US last week pledged to provide the grant to those Fatah-affiliated militias loyal to Abbas, the current Palestinian Authority chairman, in order to strengthen his hand against the Islamist terrorist groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The monies are to be transferred despite the clear involvement of Fatah militias, such as Force 17 and the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, in ongoing anti-Israeli terrorism.

A US government document quoted from in the WND article says that the US expects its generous funding of the Fatah forces to be used "to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism and establish law and order in the West Bank and Gaza."

In addition, the US and Egypt recently transferred rifles and ammunition to Fatah's Force 17.

A leader of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a multi-factional terrorist group, told WND,
"We vow to show the Israelis very soon [that] the weapons lately channeled to the Presidential Guards [Force 17] and to the Fatah security services will be directed against the occupation. In all the security services, including in Force 17, there are activists affiliated with all the Palestinian groups, including ours, and Hamas. We vow that there will be no use [of these arms] in a civil war, as we promise that should these arms reach us, we will use them against the occupation and the Zionist enemy."

A terrorist from Hamas said of the US-supplied weapons, "The US gives weapons to Fatah during internal Palestinian clashes, but one day, when we go back to carrying out operations together, these [weapons] will be shared."

When the attacks occur, the PRC will announce that foreign weapons were used, Klein wrote. "We will obtain the US weapons," the PRC leader said.

Hamas and Fatah sources explained that members of Force 17 and other Fatah-affiliated militias are also joining Hamas in Gaza. A Hamas source told WND, "When they join Hamas, they bring along their new weapons."

Abu Yousuf, a senior member of Fatah's Force 17, which received Egyptian and American weapons, told WND, "During our official service and during our job hours, we are soldiers [in Force 17]. What we do in our free time - it is our business."

Read the full WorldNetDaily report at http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53672.