US to withhold funds from Hamas, Israel says Hamas, Iran, Syria will spark WWIII
U.S. President George W. Bush confirmed on Tuesday that US funding would not be transferred to Hamas unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist and becomes a "partner in peace," reported Reuters.
Israel also recently decided to withhold tax revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinians which it transfers to them on a monthly basis.
Many maintain that the Palestinians face a tragic financial and humanitarian crisis if the monies are not released.
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, however, expressed his conviction that the decisions of the US and Israel were of little consequence to the Palestinians, and that Iran and the Arab world would come to their aid and compensate for the lacking funds.
Israel says new political landscape is leading to World War III
Israel’s envoy to the United Nations warned on Tuesday that a third World War would be sparked by the cooperation of Hamas, Iran and Syria.
Addressing the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, envoy Danny Gillerman, said that the new political landscape developing in light of the ascension to power of Hamas could lead to “the first world war of the 21st century,” according to Ynet.
Gillerman added that “the world is witnessing a new alliance between Iran, Syria and Hamas, which constitutes an axis of terror.”
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