The Hamas-Fatah Reunion

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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The cruel farce known as the peace process took another downturn this week as Fatah and Hamas signed a unity agreement in Doha, Qatar.

It’s not the first such agreement they’ve signed, and none of the previous instances was a smashing success. Most notably, the two sides’ Mecca Agreement of February 2007 collapsed four months later in Hamas’s bloody ouster of Fatah from Gaza; and the agreement reached in Cairo last May never got off the ground.

This time, though, there may be a crucial difference. It has to do with the mounting momentum of what’s called the Arab Spring.

Hamas was long the Sunni odd-man-out in Iran’s Shiite-dominated alliance. This year, though, top Hamas officials have had to leave Syria for refusing to support Bashar Assad’s brutality against the largely-Sunni populace. Meanwhile Hamas’s star has been rising again in the Sunni world—as evidenced by Gazan Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s recent well-received tour of Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain.

Israeli analyst Jonathan D. Halevi suggests Hamas is “trying to implement the strategy of the Arab Spring in the Palestinian arena.” On the background of the Islamist ascendancy in the region, Hamas sees its position among the Palestinians as strong and believes it will easily defeat Fatah in the elections envisaged by the Doha agreement.

If so, what’s in it for Fatah? In Halevi’s view, its leaders have the same perception as Hamas and believe their brand of relatively secular nationalism is on the downswing in the West Bank and Gaza as in most of the Sunni Arab world. Hence, in signing the Doha agreement, “the Fatah leaders prefer swimming with the current”—trying to hitch themselves to Hamas instead of fighting it—“to sinking beneath it.”

The terms of the agreement seem to bear out that analysis. A new unity government of technocrats is supposed to be set up, with Abbas as prime minister—but only for an interim stage. This government’s main task would be preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections in the West Bank and Gaza. Since Abbas is currently president, his own rule would be on the line.

Most significantly, the Doha agreement says the sides are supposed to discuss incorporating Hamas into the PLO—the larger organization that encompasses Fatah and the Palestinian Authority. That, in other words, would mean the end of the Fatah-Hamas bifurcation that has enabled the purported “process,” with the U.S., Europe, the Israeli left and, more recently, the Netanyahu government, upholding the idea that Fatah represents a moderate wing that can be dealt with.

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  • http://iamiranaware.wordpress.com/ IranAware

    Not to worried about this as they are already arguing that Abbas cant be president and PM at the same time lol… Hamas want it all never forget that.. They need eliminated along with Hezbollah when the US hits Iran

    • Fred Dawes

      The US Hits Iran would be great but for one thing we may get hit by others like Red China and the big by Russia WMD. And that would play into the hands of the world bankers

  • Larry

    Time to start the bulldozers and the buses. Open the borders one way, shove the Gazan occupiers across the Canal into Egypt and the Judean and Samarian occupiers over the Golan Heights into Syria.

    Let them deal with what they created.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Living lies creates more lies and failure in human existence, there is no substitute
    for the truth. Let the truth dictate reality as to not do so generates chaos. The obvious
    problem for Israel is that it is surrounded by enemies that will never accept any
    peace and every action they take is a step closer to destroying Israel. When this
    fact becomes large enough the Jewish people must act to preserve themselves
    by taking justified actions and doing more than making denouncements to the
    deaf ears of world leaders that are sell outs to evil. Israel must set a standard and
    keep it, the time to go along to get along (survive) is no longer good enough, it
    is time to lead and show the world it can restore honesty and integrity through
    the clouds of falsehood flowing from the UN and Islamist storms of disinformation.
    The world is ready for a new and better future, one without murderers………William

  • StephenD

    U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in response to the Doha deal: “questions of Palestinian reconciliation are an internal matter for Palestinians.”

    But isn’t it also true that it is illegal for anyone to provide support for any terrorist organization? And isn’t it true that HAMAS is designated as one such organization? Wouldn’t it be illegal for American Taxpayer Dollars to continue to be given in aid to these “Palestinians”?”

    They can decide to make nice with Hamas but that means they say goodbye to our money. For me…it’s not a moment too soon.

  • mrbean

    They are all muslims. Dhimmi "Useful Idiots" of Islam that don't realize that the Muslims don't want to be tolerant, they don't want allies, they don't want to assimilate, they want to change America to conform to Islam and Sharia law. Useful idiot Dhimmis just want no conflict and the alligator to eat them last. Muck the Fuzzlims! Kill 'em all, wrap 'em in theirprayer rugs and put 'em all in piles, burn 'em all using pork grease for a starter, and let Allah sort 'em out. Oh deaaaarrr, I am just sooooo awful.

  • Fred Alexander

    Except for Obozo everyone knows the goals of Fatah and Hamas are exactly the same, destroy Israel, kill the Jews.

    • logdon

      Obozo knows precisely what he's doing.

      He said it quite plainly that if the chips were down he'd support Islam.

      And twenty years of schooling at Trinity Church wasn't some love thy neighbour exercise.

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised by this. But what I am surprised of is that the anti-semitic guttersnipes like Nakba1948,Flipside,and others like them aren't here to spread their filth. This type of article was made for their kind of Jew hatred.

  • Fred Dawes

    Third world war coming real soon.