9 thoughts on “Abbas to Head Fatah-Hamas Unity Government Till Planned Elections – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Netanyahu: PA President must choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas (Ha’aretz, Feb. 06, 2012)

    Why must there be a choice?

    Why shouldn’t Abbas have both – peace with Hamas as well as peace with Israel?
    IF he had had a partner for genuine, productive peace-talks, he might have succeeded in that quest already. It’s the ultimate chutzpah, distortion of facts and disingenuousness for Netanyahu to proclaim: “Israel had made great efforts to advance the peace process.” ! When and where did that happen? The entire world apparently missed out on those “efforts”.
    If Abbas can persuade Hamas of the ultimate benefits for ALL Palestinians – up to and including Statehood -then pragmatism might just outweigh ideology and Hamas might retreat from its hard-line approach towards Israel and become a political ally of Fatah.
    It happened in Ireland with the Provisional IRA and in Spain with the ETA. Why not here?

  2. Qatar alongside the rest of the Arab world, weren’t so quick in aiding the PA financially, even with respect to previous commitment’s.

    The only states who fulfilled their obligations were the EU and the USA. Data is according to a report of the international bank issued around september 2011.

    What changed ? why do you think that Qatar would do what it previously didn’t ? what indications you have that such is going to take place ?

      1. I thought these were your words “It won’t hurt the Palestinians since they may have alternate sources of Arab funding. ” did Ethan Bronner write them ?
        or you just copy paste what ever he says without checking it ?

        1. Yr original comment, as did Bronner’s article, dealt with Qatar funding, not with “Arab” funding. You denied Qatar would fund Hamas. This was a claim of Bronner’s which I mentioned in my post. Again, take it up w him.

          And watch your mouthy snark. It’ll earn u a permanent holiday here.

          1. Richard, go do some reading, The Arabs are not fulfilling their commitments to the PA.

            So both you and Bronner are wrong. you are in good company, the company of those you so often bash.

  3. Netanyahu’s response is wrong on so many levels.

    Here, to name just two:
    1) This deal is for an interim government for the Palestinian Authority, but the PA is (and always has been) merely an administrative body e.g. the subcontractor of this Israeli occupation.

    But PEACE is negotiated with the PLO, and always has been.

    Therefore an agreement between Hamas and Fatah regarding who runs the PA makes no difference to the PEACE negotiations.

    Abbas and Netanyahu can still sit down and negotiate a peace agreement, precisely because when they do Abbas is wearing the hat of Chairman of the PLO (vs. President of the PA), just as Bibi will be wearing the hat marked Israeli Prime Minister (vs. Leader Of The Likud).

    2) The phrase “abandons violence” is quite astonishing chutzpah, since it means that Bibi does not know why the word “belligerent” appears in the phrase “belligerent occupation”.

    It means An Occupation Via The Point Of A Gun.

    Bibi is treating us as fools when he pretents that Hamas are the only ones who are practicing violence.

    They Aren’t: a measure of “violence” is inherent in the very nature of a belligerent occupation.

  4. Excellent blog, Richard! Regarding what you wrote here “Actually, the truth is Abbas could have peace with Israel if he accepted a neutered Palestine and permanent divorce from Gaza, the other half of the Palestinian nation. What sort of peace would that be?,” here’s something I wrote about Netanyahu’s idea of a Palestinian state which would really be a reservation. If he could succeed in pulling this off which he won’t, here’s my scenario of a bus tour of Jewish-Americans and/or other Americans who unconditionally support Israel on a visit to Israel. During part of the tour the visitors would be driven up to a gate which would be opened by soldiers or guards when the bus arrives. There would be a sign on the gate that says Palestine. The tour guide on the bus would announce “This is Palestine!” I guess that according to Netanyahu’s plan the tourists would be welcomed into the so-called Palestinian “state” by people with smiley faces selling trinkets to them.

  5. I was hoping you would cover the story on Adnan Khader today.

    This man is the Bobby Sands of Palestine. He was imprisoned without charges, brutalized under interrogation and is now chained to his death bed.



    Hopefully everyone will flood the Israeli Embassy and State Department with calls to save this man’s life and condemn this terrible injustice.

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