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Is this Peace the Real Thing?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The media are full of news of an upcoming “peace” sic agreement between Israel and the Arabs. But the more I read about it, the less peaceful it seems.

British Consul-General to Jerusalem Sir Vincent Fean hedged Saturday that “a permanent agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will be reached by the spring of 2014,” the Palestinian news agency Maan reported.

According to the report, Fean said that the agreement will include joint Israeli-Palestinian sovereignty over Jerusalem.

The British consul-general was quoted as saying that the spring of 2014 is going to be “crucial to the inception of a Palestinian state on the basis of a political solution,” adding that “Jerusalem will serve as the shared capital of Israel and the future Palestinian state and the agreement will also include land swaps.”

What is peace?

Everyone keeps harping that we need “peace,” but none of the ideas so blithely bandied about would give Israel and Israelis any added security. Nothing like this has ever, ever worked any place in the world, so why should anyone in their right mind think it would work in the Middle East between Israel and those Arabs sworn to destroy us?

The “world” and Israel’s Left-Center-Left keeps on insisting that the P.A. Abbas, Fatah, is a moderate with whom we can work things out, unlike Hamas, but those two groups are in constant contact and on the verge of officially merging.

Abbas added that he spoke to Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh “on a personal level” and that their positions on reconciliation were “not that far apart. There is now some serious discussion about reconciliation [between the PA and Hamas],” Abbas said.

So, it’s very simple logic to conclude that an agreement with Fatah must be kept with Hamas. Will teh Israeli Government allow logic to get in the way of this dangerous ideology? It reminds me too much of the tragic mistake the government made prior to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when it allowed the “conceptzia” to rule logic. The Israeli term “conceptzia” means preconceived notion\presumption\ideology or wishful thinking. The “conceptzia” blinds the mind to accepting reality. They don’t want to hear the truth, because it will make them look foolish.

I’d call this simple math. If Hamas joins Abbas’s Fatah, then we have to pay very strong attention to what Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is saying, and he’s telling his supporters to start a new strong intifada against Israel.

Minister Ismail Haniyeh delivered a speech on Saturday in which he called for a renewed violent uprising against Israel.

Calling the Schalit deal a “historic victory,” Haniyeh said, “Hamas will continue to act with all means to free all fighters in the prisons of the Zionist enemy.”

Haniyeh praised recent Palestinian attacks against Israelis in Judea and Samaria and called for Palestinians in that region to resume the armed struggle against Israel.

“We send our blessings from Gaza to our brothers in the West Bank who carried out the recent attacks against the occupier,” Haniyeh said. “Our heroic brothers in the West Bank must rise up, resume armed resistance against the occupier and embark on a popular uprising on the streets of the West Bank.”

So, I ask you very simply and directly:

What kind of peace can we have with them?

Let’s immediately cease talking and start conducting ourselves, the State of Israel as a fully sovereign nation!

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Fatah Wants Egypt to Overthrow Hamas

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

As the Egyptian army continues to demolish houses and smuggling tunnels, Fatah leaders in the West Bank are hoping that they will soon be able to return to the Gaza Strip.

At one time, Fatah leaders had hopes that Israel would overthrow Hamas through military force. Now, they are hoping that the new rulers of Egypt will do the job.

Beleaguered Hamas officials claim that the Palestinian Tamarod group is operated and trained by Egypt’s General Intelligence Service and Fatah, with the goal of toppling their regime in the Gaza Strip. Hamas security forces have detained several Palestinian activists and journalists as part of an effort to crush the new group.

Seven years after they were expelled by Hamas, the Fatah leaders have good reason to be optimistic regarding their chances of regaining control over the Gaza Strip.

A top Fatah leader this week went so far as declaring that he and his friends would not mind returning to the Gaza Strip “aboard an Egyptian tank.”

The ouster of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi and the subsequent Egyptian security crackdown on terror groups in Sinai, as well as the tightening of the blockade on the Gaza Strip, have hurt Hamas so badly that its leaders feel they are in a state of war with the largest Arab country.

Morsi’s election as president seemed to end Fatah’s dream of returning to the Gaza Strip. While he was in power, Morsi did everything he could to bolster Hamas’s standing and assist it in tightening its grip on the Gaza Strip.

Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh were invited, for the first time ever, to meetings in the Egyptian presidential palace, much to the dismay of Fatah leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas.

Morsi also eased travel restrictions along the border with the Gaza Strip, allowing Hamas leaders and members to move freely into Sinai and other Egyptian cities. Morsi also granted Egyptian citizenship to thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including some top Hamas officials — a move that further infuriated Fatah.

But now that relations between Hamas and Egypt appear to have hit a new low, Fatah representatives believe that the countdown for the downfall of the Islamist movement has begun.

Not surprisingly, some Hamas officials are talking about a “conspiracy” to bring Fatah back to the Gaza Strip. They are convinced that the new rulers of Egypt, who despise Hamas for being part of the Muslim Brotherhood, are working toward undermining the movement’s regime in the Gaza Strip to facilitate Fatah’s return.

“The Egyptians are strangling the Gaza Strip,” complained Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. “They are punishing the entire population of the Gaza Strip by denying them medicine, food and fuel.”

The new Egyptian regime considers Hamas a threat to Egypt’s national security — the reason authorities in Cairo have refrained since the ouster of Morsi from establishing any contact with Hamas representatives.

Last week, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy arrived in Ramallah for talks with Abbas on the security situation along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

During the visit, Palestinian sources said, Fahmy made it clear that Egypt would like to see Abbas’s forces return to the Rafah border crossing. Hamas expelled Abbas’s forces from the border crossing in the summer of 2007.

Since the ouster of Morsi, the Egyptians have imposed severe restrictions at the border crossing, allowing through only a few dozen Palestinians every day.

The Egyptian minister’s visit to Ramallah is seen in the context of Cairo’s efforts to undermine Hamas’s rule in the Gaza Strip.

Following the visit, these sources said, Abbas expressed deep satisfaction with Egypt’s tough policy against Hamas. Later, Abbas told Fatah leaders that Hamas was acting against Egypt’s national security by sending its militiamen to Sinai and other parts of Egypt.

Fatah representatives are also encouraged by the emergence of an anti-Hamas group called Tamarod [rebellion]. Over the past two weeks, Tamarod has issued five statements pledging to fight against Hamas’s “repressive and suppressive” regime. Inspired by the anti-Morsi Tamarod movement in Egypt, the group has called for a series of protests, as of November 11, against Hamas

Fatah alone would never be able to return to the Gaza Strip. Unlike Egypt, Fatah does not have an army that would come to the rescue and remove Hamas from power.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/khaled-abu-toameh/fatah-wants-egypt-to-overthrow-hamas/2013/09/08/

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