The Palestinian government spokesman, Ghazi Hamed, said on Wednesday: “I think the Jordanians themselves know more than anybody else the total mendacity and falsehood of these charges. They know that Hamas doesn’t indulge in such activities.”
Hamed also told Al Jazeera.net he hoped that some Arab states would refrain from resorting to “twisted tactics”.
“We are under a sinister Israeli military occupation. And our brotherly Arab states should not increase our burden by indulging in such cheap and stupid disinformation.”
…A day earlier, a Jordanian government spokesman said security forces had seized rocket launchers and other weapons from a Hamas arms cache.
A visit by the new Palestinian foreign minister and senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud al-Zahar, was scrapped as a result.
“I advise our brothers in Jordan to stop making cheap lies to justify their disgraceful subservience to Israel and the United States,” said the minister, speaking on condition of anonymity. [source]
Personally I highly doubt that the government would actually go to such lengths to “frame” Hamas just to avoid dealing with them when it could have just as easily given them the cold shoulder from the get go. It’s not like this is the first time weapons have been smuggled in to the country. On the other hand it would be a ploy to appease the Palestinian population in Jordan, and give a “justified” reason why Jordan shouldn’t deal with Hamas. I don’t know how the authorities knew the weapons came by way of Hamas as it could have been any organization. But then again I doubt anyone really cares. I frankly do not want to see a return to a state where Palestinian armed groups could attack and plan for attacks against Israel on Jordanian soil and then have Jordan pay the consequences.
PM Marouf Bakhit on Wednesday said arms smuggled by Hamas elements into Jordan were brought from a neighbouring country.
In Gaza, meanwhile, Palestinian officials said the government was investigating the issue to find out how the weapons were smuggled into Jordan and who perpetrated the operation.
Also yesterday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said Abbas told Foreign Minister Abdul Ilah Khatib in a phone conversation that any harm to Jordan was also an act against his own people, according to Reuters.
…Tuesday’s announcement drew reactions that varied between condemnation of Hamas’ Ã¢??attempts to undermine Jordan’s national securityÃ¢?Â and criticism to the government’s failure to present sufficient evidence to implicate the movement.
Ã¢??There is tremendous Western pressure on Jordan and other Arab countries to boycott the Hamas-led-Palestinian Authority. But we believe that this is not the way to deal with the group or handle the situation, especially that Hamas abided by agreements with Jordan and would never target the Kingdom or its security,Ã¢?Â said IAF Deputy Ali Abul Sukkar.
Fellow IAF MP Jaafar Horani told The Jordan Times that during the meeting with Bakhit, the Islamist deputies said that the information given about the seizure of arms Ã¢??did not add up.Ã¢?Â
…But an official said the government Ã¢??does not need to fabricate a story in order to avoid a meeting with Hamas,Ã¢?Â adding that Jordan gave many positive signals to Hamas and showed support for the elected government. [source]
The two arguments seem to be taking center stage this week. Suffice to say that either way the end result will probably be an increase in the love for Hamas amongst the majority of the masses. But who knows.