Obama’s people have insisted that the PLO-Hamas unity government now running the Palestinian Authority has nothing to do with Hamas and the current attacks on Israeli towns and cities.
Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah announced this morning in a Facebook post that the military wings of Hamas, Fatah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are “brothers-in-arms,” united by “one God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal.”
That sounded better in the original German.
It shouldn’t be surprising since despite Abbas’ statements about peace, he has also repeatedly said that his terrorist group is the same as Hamas.
Fatah has several hundred militiamen in the Gaza Strip, some of whom are members of the Palestinian Authority security forces, who continue to receive their salaries from Western governments.
At least two Fatah armed groups announced that they had started firing rockets at the “settlements” of Ashkelon and Sderot, cities inside the pre-1967 borders of Israel, with another Fatah group claiming responsibility for firing 35 rockets into Israel since Sunday.
Shortly after Israel launched air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday, Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Aitah issued an urgent call to his men to take part in “defending the Gaza Strip against Israeli aggression.”
Abu Aitah’s call for joining the fight against Israel did not fall on deaf ears. Within minutes, at least two Fatah armed groups announced that they had started firing rockets at the “settlements” of Ashkelon and Sderot, cities inside the pre-1967 borders of Israel.
The Fatah militiamen in the Gaza Strip were also acting at the request of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who called on all Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip to close ranks in order to fight against the Israeli enemy.
Does this mean that Obama will finally stop funding the Hamas/PLO unity government? About as likely as Hamas giving up violence and moving to Brussels to bake croissants.