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Hamas and Fatah Prepare to Unite

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Posted on Apr 27, 2011
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Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah, bitterly divided for four years, are close to forming a coalition government that could renew the peace process.

The reconciliation was facilitated by Egypt, and would bring about popular elections within a year. Fatah, the more moderate party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was ousted from the Gaza Strip in 2007 after Hamas won parliamentary elections. Fatah has continued to govern the West Bank as peace with Israel remains elusive. The rift between Hamas and Fatah had thrown yet another stumbling block in front of peace, as Israeli leaders said they couldn’t be sure an agreement would represent both groups of Palestinians. —KDG

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the possible reconciliation points to the weakness of the Palestinian Authority and raises the chance that Hamas could end up dominating the West Bank. His remarks were released in an e-mailed statement.

Hamas, which rejects peace talks with Israel and refuses to recognize the Jewish state, was founded in 1987 as an offshoot from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2007, Abbas’ security forces, given passage into the Gaza Strip by Israel, tried to oust the Hamas government from Gaza. Hamas, which is branded a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union, routed Fatah.

The Israeli army and Egypt both sealed off Gaza’s borders after Hamas took over, cutting off most civilian traffic and restricting trade with the territory. Israel has maintained a ground and sea blockade around Gaza ever since.

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By Robert, April 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

British Jewish Zionist MP Gerald Kaufman says Israel acting like Nazis in Gaza


“British Jewish Zionist MP Gerald Kaufman, in a speech given to the House of Commons, and after qualifying his Jewish Zionist credentials, equates the actions and rhetoric of the Israeli state and its State actors with the actions and rhetoric of the Nazis.

Full transcript of Gerald Kaufman’s speech:

Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton) (Lab): I was brought up as an orthodox Jew and a Zionist. On a shelf in our kitchen, there was a tin box for the Jewish National Fund, into which we put coins to help the pioneers building a Jewish presence in Palestine.

I first went to Israel in 1961 and I have been there since more times than I can count. I had family in Israel and have friends in Israel. One of them fought in the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973 and was wounded in two of them. The tie clip that I am wearing is made from a campaign decoration awarded to him, which he presented to me.”

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By nefesh, April 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment

By rico, suave, April 28 at 6:49 am

nefesh:

You are so naive! That bus was a decoy filled with Israeli Special Forces. The boy was a Palestinian sex slave of Bibi Netanyahu.

Excellent analysis, Rico.
The murder victim’s name is Daniel Viflic. He was 16.
The bus was painted school-bus yellow because it was, after all, a school bus - highly visible in the bright Mediterannean sunlight. No doubt that made it an even more inviting target for the Palestinan Arab child-killers.

Rico, did you know the advanced second-generation laser-guided Kornet anti-tank weapon used by these Arab child-slayers was supplied by Iran through Syria? And smuggled into Gaza?

link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9M133_Kornet

Any wonder why Israel needs to maintain its blockade against these terror-enabling “flotillas”?

This ‘reconciliation’ (excuse me while I barf) between these two Jew-killing terror gangs tells us all we need to know about the Palestinian Arab nationalist movement. It is, by Hamas’s own declarations and raison d’etre, a genocidal program guided by the horrific principles of radical Islam.

Isn’t that great?

Seems to me Abbas has just painted a big target on his forehead.

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By rico, suave, April 28, 2011 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

Well, at least the Israelis will only have one phone number to call when dealing with the Palestinians.

nefesh:

You are so naive! That bus was a decoy filled with Israeli Special Forces. The boy was a Palestinian sex slave of Bibi Netanyahu. And the “Fatah” members falling from the sky- Mossad and CIA agents. Come on. Get with reality will you! wink

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By nefesh, April 28, 2011 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

By TDoff, April 27 at 4:24 pm

If you think the four years of division between Fatah
and Hamas was bitter, you should hear the fierce
animosity between them now that they are getting
together, as to what to call their new party.
The big battle is between ‘LIKUD EATERS’, AND ‘LIKUD
BEATERS’.

Well, after 6 years and 5,000+ rockets aimed at
Israeli civilians, I think “Child Killers” is more
likely. (The Israeli boy injured in that notorious Hamas Kornet anti-tank missile attack on the school bus a couple of weeks ago has died of his wounds…) And much more appropriate.  That’s assuming
these two terror gangs can resolve the silly coup
events in Gaza when Hamas was literally throwing
Fatah members off high-rise roofs and shooting them
in the streets. That’s called Palestinian Arab
politics, and if it weren’t so deadly, it would be
slapstick comedy.

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By TDoff, April 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

If you think the four years of division between Fatah and Hamas was bitter, you should hear the fierce animosity between them now that they are getting together, as to what to call their new party.
The big battle is between ‘LIKUD EATERS’, AND ‘LIKUD BEATERS’.

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By Blackspeare, April 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

Funny this would happen after the ouster of Mubarak.  Appears that Hamas has a little more status now with Egypt leaning towards the Muslim Brotherhood.  All armies are best advised to be on full alert for certain there will be war.  With Egypt, Syria, and Iran having internal problems what best then to go to war for distraction.

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