Fatah and Hamas Form a Unity Government

Despite my low expectations, Hamas and Fatah did agree on a unity government. Prime Minister Haniyeh submitted his resignation to President Abbas, and a new unity government is expected soon.

The problem, of course, is that the Palestinians are still worried that Western governments will shun them because of Hamas. If they will then they’ll be worse than the EU is when it comes to accession criteria, considering that the main reason Hamas is forming a unity government with Fatah is international pressure.

There’s a fundamental hypocrisy involved with the treatment of Hamas. The New York Times calls it a radical group, on account of its lack of recognition of Israel. It’s certainly not a pacifist party, nor even a terribly good one, but “radical” is somewhat over the top.

Likud and Israel Beitenu, the latter of which is part of the Israeli government, don’t recognize a Palestinian state. Sharon was compelled to leave Likud for Kadima because the Likud’s core members would not accept his withdrawal from Gaza Strip, which paved the way for an Israeli recognition of Palestine. Israel Beitenu’s leader has gone so far as calling Arabs traitors and pushing for retaliatory attacks on civilian targets.

5 Responses to Fatah and Hamas Form a Unity Government

  1. SLC says:

    The attached link tells it like it is. It is absolutely correct and accurate.

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1170359843531&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  2. muppt says:

    wow, this week is Israel Apartheid Week! let’s all celebrate.

    http://www.endisraeliapartheid.net/

  3. SLC says:

    Re Muppt

    I have news for Mr. muppt. The State of Israel is Gods’ gift to his chosen people!

  4. Ran Halprin says:

    “Likud and Israel Beitenu, the latter of which is part of the Israeli government, don’t recognize a Palestinian state.”

    Nobody, except some delusional pro-Palestinians, recognizes a Palestinian state, simply because it doesn’t exist (and this is not Israel’s fault). The vast majority of Israelis (including The two parties mentioned) agree that a Palestinian state will eventually emerge, the main debates are on its boundaries (mostly in areas where Israelis live, so destruction of homes is necessary) and terrorism.

    This is a quote from Israel Beitenu’s manifest: The responsibility for primarily Arab areas such as Umm Al-Fahm and the “triangle” will be transferred to the Palestinian Authority. In parallel, Israel will officially annex Jewish areas in Judea and Samaria. Israel is our home; Palestine is theirs. The party claims that such civilian transfers between countries worked well in Cyprus, India-Pakistan, Germany-Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and other countries. A total of around 45 million people have been transfered from their homes in the last 100 years, so this solution seems to be acceptable. There is even a UN organization that supports these people and helps them assimilate in their new environments: UNHCR.

    See here for history on the subject, if interested: http://forum.giyus.org/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=84f719cd88b36fbb115e73677ffb4b48&topic=872.new

    And about solutions of refugee problems in the world (one of the best articles I’ve ever seen on the subject):
    http://israelvisit.co.il/cgi-bin/friendly.pl?url=Oct-03-06!Perpetuate

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    “Sharon was compelled to leave Likud for Kadima because the Likud’s core members would not accept his withdrawal from Gaza Strip”

    No, they had no particular trouble with the withdrawal from Gaza strip, they had trouble with the fact that this withdrawal was done unilaterally, without any agreement with the Palestinian leadership, meaning Israel gave up territory (to an extent of destroying homes) without getting anything in return. As much as I hate Likud, they got that prediction right: Following the withdrawal, Hamas took over the territory, announced victory, and increased their attacks on Israelis.

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