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A New Leader Emerges

While Yasser Afatrat continues to feel the wrath of his people, another frontrunner for PLO Arab leader may be emerging.

New Zealand has an unexpected friend in Hamas, a militant Islamic group feared in the Western world, which has thanked this country for its diplomatic slap to Israel over the spy passport scandal.

Word of Hamas’ endorsement will spread quickly throughout the Islamic world and will bolster the safety of Kiwi troops working in Iraq, according to Victoria University religious terrorism expert Jim Veitch.

Citing a statement from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza, the Islamic resistance movement’s website says Hamas “has highly appreciated the daring position of the New Zealand Government against the Zionist entity”.

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Prime Minister Helen Clark delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel over its refusal to apologise for, or explain the actions of, two suspected spies convicted of trying to obtain a false New Zealand passport.

The actions of Uriel Kelman and Eli Cara were a deliberate breach of New Zealand’s sovereignty, she said, before unleashing a barrage of diplomatic sanctions and suspending high-level visits to and from Israel.

Hamas said her response was a model for all countries to follow, citing New Zealand’s “stand in adopting firm measures against the Zionist entity’s violations of laws on foreign lands to achieve certain targets”.

However, pundits predict that the fact that she is a woman, not a PLO Arab, and the leader of a country that hasn’t traditionally dealt well with sheep, may work against her.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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