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It’s Prom Time, and Abbas Must Choose a Dance Partner – Israel or Hamas

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas now must choose between Hamas and Israel.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi / Flash 90

It’s that time of year again — the Fatah terror faction led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has for the ‘nth’ time managed to reach a “reconciliation” with the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza.

The two sides agreed Tuesday evening after talks in Gaza City to form a unity government “within the next five weeks,” according to an announcement by officials on both sides released Wednesday.

But Hamas is unwilling to negotiate with – or for that matter, even recognize the existence of – the State of Israel.

So the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) which represents the PA in all its affairs at the United Nations (UN), and thus the PA, meaning Mahmoud Abbas – who heads both – must choose who to take to the prom.

Will it be Hamas? That fickle friend who makes deals every Monday and Thursday, and backs out at the last minute every time the signature page arrives on the desk?

Or will it be Israel, which will certainly mean he will have to sit down this time in earnest at the negotiating table, and actually get down to business?

Either could mean his death.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said bluntly in response to Wednesday’s announcement that Abbas had reached the crossroads.

“Instead of moving into peace with Israel, he is moving into peace with Hamas. He has to choose. Does he want peace with Hamas, or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far, he hasn’t done so.”

The fact that Abbas has continually come up with new ‘preconditions’ to extend the negotiations with Israel beyond the April 29 deadline makes it clear that he wants a way out of the talks that will leave him blameless.

That is a fantasy, since no leader can lead without taking responsibility for his actions.

Netanyahu proposed a plan for extension of the talks – taking a risk that enraged a substantial percentage of the population and its leadership – but Abbas so far has apparently turned his nose up at the offer.

Abbas knows Israel’s red lines but seems determined to stomp across them regardless of the price his people will inevitably pay.

Ultimately, his inability to decide a course on which to steer his people will be his downfall and, tragically, theirs as well.

“Yesterday the Palestinian Authority discussed dismantling,” noted Netanyahu in meeting with reporters. “Today it is mulling uniting with Hamas. Let them decide whether to dismantle or unite.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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18 Responses to “It’s Prom Time, and Abbas Must Choose a Dance Partner – Israel or Hamas”

  1. AbbAss and HamAss both are ASSES so what’s the differences ?

  2. Omar A. Omar says:

    USA and UK are responsible and must pay for their mistake, they inserted an illegal state in the ME which is Israel making the ME unstable and full of terror and violence and it will keep so as long as ISRAEL exist, Palestine must be freed and occupation ended as a first step to create peace environment in the ME . USA and UK are responsible for all Israeli crimes as much as Israel is since they always support Israeli Aggression’s.

  3. Gene Strong says:

    Muslims do not.want peace.
    Muslims want israel.
    Israel should take all of Jerusalem Gaza and.west bank..and destroy Iranian nuke facilities..do.this now.while mideast is in disarray.
    Obama is no friend of Israel and.american Jews support Obama
    Which seems very disloyal.

  4. Jade Stone says:

    Choose Israel….,,,,

  5. Clo Clo says:

    Ha haha…abbas will “dance”—this is all…a proud peacock

  6. Romeo Singh says:


  7. The gym needs to be cleared and the prom cancelled.

  8. He better get it right.

  9. Who the hell qants to dance with abbas? Not me, thats for sure lol

  10. Oh Dear I just watched the Press Conference on Aljazeera. dread.

  11. That Land was given to Israel by G-d. Please read your Koran.

  12. Ronnie Pleet says:

    They dance a different dance. Wait .

  13. Sissy Jordan says:

    Doesn’t look like a dancer to me no matter what partner he chooses….dancers have good spirit and can express themselves in positive ways!!

  14. Isa S Hanna says:

    Hamas of course, and a new and improved intifada.

  15. Abbas has chosen Hamas. Our LORD is in control, though.

  16. Sadly, violence seems to be the path of least resistance in the world. But here's a case in which an olive branch is being extended, and violence is still the preferred course of action. Considering how quickly violence escalates and how many it can consume these days, you would think peace is the real path of least resistance (and carnage). Too bad men can make up their own minds without their brothers holding knives to their throats. What kind of brothers hold you and your family's future hostage like this? Who prefers the cries of mothers and the blasts of bombs over the peaceful calm? Why?

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