Palestinian “Reconciliation” Won’t Last Long

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On Wednesday, Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement that includes the formation of a unity government that will last until general elections are held within one year. The groups claimed that all areas of disagreement had been settled, including with security arrangements. It is being hailed as an achievement, but it ends the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and is bound to ultimately fail.

The Arab Spring motivated Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to pressure their governments to come together. In mid-March, thousands of Palestinians protested in favor of reconciliation in both Palestinian Territories. In Gaza, dozens of protesters went further and demanded the release of political prisoners and greater freedoms and were forcibly dispersed and threatened with arrest.

Each side tried to deflect the blame onto the other. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for presidential and legislative elections in September on the condition that Gaza was included. Hamas announced a minor shakeup of its government and presented an offer for a unity government that was rejected. Now, both sides have caved to domestic opinion and have agreed to create a joint transitional government.

The Israeli government is understandably concerned. This agreement means that the Palestinian Authority will no longer act as an enemy of Hamas. The terrorist group will have increased influence over the West Bank and its security services, ending previous undisclosed cooperation between Fatah and Israel. Hamas’ war against Israel will never give up its war against Israel and Fatah will be forced to join in or abandon the unity government. A spokesman for Hamas says that the agreement stipulates that prisoners without a criminal background will be released. It is unclear what this means, but it should be assumed that those involved in acts of terrorism will soon be freed.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “The Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both.” He’s right. Last year, a Hamas official unequivocally stated that any agreement to have an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders would only be a first phase towards the ultimate destruction of Israel. For Hamas, the “peace process” is a means to an end.

Fatah isn’t the best peace partner, either. President Abbas has said that an independent Palestinian state would not have a single Jew living it, which makes peace impossible. Last year, Abbas called the family of Abu Daoud, the mastermind of the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes in Munich, to offer his condolences after his death. The Fatah Revolutionary Council also celebrated him as a hero. However, Fatah is definitely preferred over Hamas by Israel.

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  • Y Brandstetter MD

    this is indeed good news for Israel. the PA and Hamas are essentially two sides of the same coin, both intent on the destruction of the Jewish State. The presence of an Arab polity west of the Jordan is incompatible with Jewish life, but as long as the PA assumes a veneer of civility Israel cannot move to remove this blight from the Land. Only when a Hamas led intifadah breaks out in ful furor with Arabs-style bloodshed, only then will israel be able to exrcise the British Mandate for the Close and unlimited settlement of the Land.

  • macdaddy31

    What difference does it make if this reconciliation does not last. As if there were not enough facts already to dissuade Israel from trusting this so called "peace partner" (LindaRivera pointed out a few rather noxious ones), the fact that the PA would even consider reconciliation with this barbaric entity should cause Israel to forego peace negotiations until at least the PA's current government is cleaned out completely, hate and incitement are no longer preached as regular, daily consumption to the Palestinian masses, AND Palestinian society is prepared to accept the realization that Israel will exist in its current form as a sovereign entity in perpetuity. In my view, without what I would consider obvious, absolutely necessary things, how can there ever be good faith negotiations. It has to be a sham without these prerequisites. And frankly, the Israeli government should not even pretend to negotiate or want to negotiate until these things start to occur. They do it to try and satisfy world opinion but I think world opinion would be better shaped over the long run if Israel stands firm to principle and civil logic.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    but it ends the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and is bound to ultimately fail.

    If that is true, it is very welcome news, since the fake peace processes were meant to weaken Israel and to dupe gullible useful idiots. The truth is there can never be peace between the Islamic world and the Jews in Israel, just like there can never be peace between the Islamic world and the Hindus in Kashmir, just like there can never be peace between the Islamic world and the Buddhists in Thailand, just like there can never be peace between the Islamic world and the Christians in the Philippines, just like there can never be peace between the Islamic world and the Atheists in Chechnya, just like there can never be peace between the Islamic world and the Christians and animists in the Ivory Coast, and on and on ad nauseum.

    The Arab Spring motivated Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to pressure their governments to come together

    Actually the so-called Arab Spring has exactly zero to do with anything between the Fatah, the PLO, and Hamas.

    Hamas’ war against Israel will never give up its war against Israel and Fatah will be forced to join in or abandon the unity government.

    Actually, the jihad being waged by Fatah and the PLO has also always been permanent exactly like Hamas’ jihad. The notion that their movement is secular as opposed to Hamas is a ruse and is meant to dupe and deceive gullible useful idiot kafir infidels. Moreover, both groups have always colluded, as one side plays the good cop and the other side plays the bad cop, and both groups share the same exact goal, the genocidal destruction of Israel by any means possible. Indeed, both groups are the proxies of the Islamic world.

    Very obviously the writer of this lame piece doesn’t have a clue. He would be far better off writing for a liberal rag instead of a conservative magazine.

  • Michael

    Maybe they've been ordered to make peace by the hidden imam. lol

    Even if it doesn't last, the timing is bad. Just before all this recent stuff broke, we were watching Iran and it's growing influence in the region, especially in Lebanon through Hezbollah. President Obama hasn't been Israels best friend and the UN has become openly hostile. There are a lot of variables in play and a lot that could go wrong. Makes me nervous.

  • jzsnake

    It will last as long as one of Liz Taylor's (may she rest in peace) marriages.