Jerusalem, Aug. 13 – The Islamist Hamas organization which controls Gaza is dedicated to the goal of destroying Israel – but when a family member of one of its leaders needed life-saving heart surgery, he received it in an Israeli hospital.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's brother-in-law recently received a special permit from the Israeli government to travel to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel, where he underwent the surgery. Haniyeh’s sister, Suhila Abd al-Salam, spent a week with her husband while he was recovering, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency.
This could be considered surprising for an organization whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel and exhorts followers to kill Jews whenever possible.
The treatment Abd al-Salam received also has not prevented Hamas from firing some 534 rockets, missiles and mortars at Israeli towns and cities so far this year, according to account by The Israel Project.
Hamas, armed and financed by Iran, has been busy smuggling ever deadlier weapons and components through tunnels into Gaza since the end of the civil war in Libya. And terrorists from Egypt were implicated in last week’s attack on an Egyptian border post which left 16 Egyptian soldiers killed. Haniyeh blamed Israel for the attack, even though the terrorists immediately tried to attack Israelis by bursting through the border with explosives strapped to their bodies. Israeli defense forces stopped them.
Israel treats Palestinians for humanitarian reasons regardless of their political views. Guy Inbar, spokesman for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories told FoxNews.com that Israel routinely renders such humanitarian aid to Palestinians – when it is requested.
“Approximately 115,000 Palestinian patients from the West Bank were treated in Israeli hospitals during 2011. Additionally, some 9500 permits were issued for Palestinians from Gaza to receive treatment,” he said.