PLO and Hamas Still Unable to Make Peace w/Each Other… Let Alone Israel

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Not even the holy 8-ball of Islam can help

Not even the holy 8-ball of Islam can help

The unity agreement was a convenient way for the PLO and Hamas to sabotage Kerry’s aggressive peace process push. Neither side trusts each other… and with good reason.

Pluralism, forget about the religious or ethnic kind, but even of the political kind, is not much of a value in the Muslim world.

Both Fatah and Hamas have their own elites and their own thugs and their own economic systems of bribery and shakedowns. They have no intention of splitting the different.

Hamas wants the West Bank. Fatah wants Gaza back. Not only can’t any of them reach a compromise with Israel, they can’t even manage to reach a compromise with each other.

The two parties have still not agreed on three major issues concerning the implementation of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal that was signed in the Gaza Strip last month.

The sources told the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper that one of the obstacles hindering the formation of the unity government is related to the status of the Palestinian security forces.

Hamas has rejected the idea of permitting Fatah-dominated security forces to return to the Gaza Strip, they said.

The second obstacle centers on PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Habbash.

Abbas insists on keeping Habbash in his job, while Hamas says it won’t sit in any government with him.

Habbash is a former Hamas representative who defected from the organization several years ago and has since been an outspoken critic of the Islamist movement.

Hamas wants to use religious indoctrination to undermine Fatah and it doesn’t trust the PLO’s militias not to go after it in Gaza.

Both Hamas and Fatah are maneuvering for position against each other. This unity deal is just another ceasefire in which both sides maneuver for advantage. It’s also the only kind of peace deal that Israel can have with either side.

The so-called Palestinians can’t make peace with each other. They certainly can’t make peace with Israel.

  • liz

    Not even the holy 8-ball of Islam! And even while wearing holy bathrobes, at that!

  • wileyvet

    It is delicious Koranic justice, that all Muslims know the worthlessness of treaties that they propagate. They are caught in their own web of Muhammad’s deceit, most notably, the example of The Treaty of Hudaybiyah. Muslims know they cannot trust people of the same faith, because they know what filthy liars Islam makes them.

    • truebearing

      Good point.

      Cults that worship power and obsess over worldy domination can never achieve true unity. Dishonesty breeds distrust, for one thing, and unity requires altruism, and not the false altruism of blowing yourself up to kill innocent people so you can go to heaven and get 72 Iranian trannies. Suicide bombing is supremely selfish.

      The Left’s idea of altruism is to steal from one group to buy the loyalty of another. Maybe this is why Muslims and leftists always end up being ruled by dictators. .

  • Gee

    Of course they can’t – they are Arabs. Arabs hate everybody starting with each other

  • Hard Little Machine

    Good. Let them rape, kill and eat each other to the last one standing.

  • truebearing

    It’s Israel’s fault that Muslims are paranoid, lying, dogmatic, powermongers. If only Israel would give in to all of their demands, the two factions could then get on with an open, honest, civil war for control of “Palestine.” Islam is a religion of peace, after all… after all of the Muslims have killed each other, and everyone else on earth.