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A Hamas mask.

Hundreds of Gazan residents joined protest marches organized by the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Friday, August 23, AFP reported.

Upon completion of Friday services, protesters gathered and marched to a central square in Gaza City.  Signs reading “no to negotiations” and labeling Mahmoud Abbas a “political failure” were held aloft by the protesters.

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Hamas’s religious affairs minister Ismail Radwan condemned Mahmoud Abbas for engaging in negotiations with Israel and for considering any compromises of core Arab Palestinian demands in his speech to the protesters.

“All the Palestinian factions say you don’t have the right to relinquish any piece of our land, or to give up Palestinian rights,” he said.

“Returning to talks is a blow to the jihad and to the sacrifices of our people, the blood of our martyrs and to our prisoners behind bars in Israel,” Radwan declared.

“No to these absurd negotiations, no to returning to the negotiating table, no to security cooperation, no to the exchange of land, and not to giving up on the right of return,” Radwan shouted into the microphone.

Israeli and Arab Palestinian negotiators held the third in their series talks on Tuesday in Jerusalem.  The next session will take place in Jericho.

There has been an ongoing effort by Fatah and Hamas to form a unity government which would represent all the Arab Palestinians.  The Palestinian Authority unity government was disbanded in 2007 by Abbas, whose term officially ended in 2006.  Since that time Hamas has been the de facto government in Gaza while Fatah has been the de facto Arab Palestinian ruling government over Areas A and B of the disputed territories.

During the past week, Abbas offered to hold general elections, ostensibly as a move to unify Fatah and Hamas.  That offer was rejected by Hamas which demanded more issues to be placed under consideration, while Fatah wished the items to be more carefully circumscribed. In addition, Hamas strongly supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – Hamas is an outgrowth of the Brotherhood – while Fatah favors the military’s control over Egypt and supported the overthrow of former president Mohamad Morsi.

The Arab Palestinian negotiators engaged in the current rounds of U.S.-moderated ‘peace talks’ solely represent Fatah.  Whatever concessions or agreements entered into by Fatah would surely be rejected by Hamas, if those parties ever succeed in creating a unity government.

On the other hand, the Arab Palestinians, the U.S. and the global community will undoubtedly demand that Israel honor  whatever concessions, if any, the Jewish State makes during these talks.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

40 COMMENTS

  1. Has it been abundantly clear from the times immemorial, that this human trash calling themselves jihadis and longing for genocide don’t want any peace-talks? Why should they? They thrive on hostility, mutilation, killing, torture. Their way of thinking is immutable. – When that said, the bastards can only expect a vicious circle bringing the Islamists still down the ladder of human dignity. Look all around the Arab/Muslim world, and you have the picture: devastation, human sufferings, lack of progress, and still more sufferings. – Bon appetite, Hamas! Stay with your inclinations.

  2. This Hamas mentality of fighting to every person to the end, is nothing but self-destruction. Do not the people of Gaza deserve something better, than a bunch of self-destructive mega maniacs. Do not the people of Gaza what to live? Live in peace with Israel.

  3. Gaza has broken the cease fire of November 2012 so many times and are still doing so and still have apprx 60,000 rockets targeted on Israel. Gaza is silly little city dating from 825 BCE at which time it was part of Egyptian Empire 23rd Dynasty, guess a few Arab slaves in service to the Egyptians may presumably have moved there from the Arabian deserts since it was civilized. Then the Assyrian Empire you need to get the book. Gaza is a bunch of terrorists threatening Israel constantly and it is time the UN outlawed them, either take Israeli citizenship or clear off out Israel. Some probably originated in Egypt and Egypt doesn't them because they are radical Islam. So Israel the first task is to deal with radical Islam as is the work of the rest of us. I would have believed because Gaza has broken cease fire this is grounds for offensive action continual offensive action until the Gazan's submit or leave. There are not enough of them to topple Israel.

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