GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian armed group accused the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday of preventing its men from firing rockets at Israel, a sensitive allegation for the Islamist faction as it pursues mediated deals with the Jewish state.
Hamas police intercepted Islamic Jihad rocket crews on three occasions over the past month, a group official said, foiling their bids to avenge Israeli fire on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian protests over a contested Jerusalem shrine.
"We have been prevented from launching attacks," the Islamic Jihad official told Reuters, adding that Hamas had also scrapped a planned rally by the group and arrested two of its members in a dispute over control of a mosque in northern Gaza....
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Islamic Jihad to Hamas: Hey, you're not letting us fire rockets into Israel
This looks like another attempt by Hamas to portray itself as "moderate," and thereby gull the Infidels into fatal concessions. "Gaza militants say Hamas stops their rocket fire," by Nidal al-Mughrabi for Reuters, October 10: