Fatah-Hamas Unity? Not This Year (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/15/12)
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Fatah officials on Wednesday admitted they do not expect Hamas
leaders in Gaza to follow through on its end of the Cairo
reconciliation deal "anytime soon."
The now-itinerant Hamas politburo agreed to a deal in Qatar with
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to form an interim
government of technocrats.
However, Hamas leaders in Gaza ambushed politburo chief Khaled
Mashaal after-the-fact with a raft of new demands observers say Fatah
will never agree to.
The last minute bait-and-switch by the terror organization’s Gaza
leadership underscores a deepening rift within Hamas.
Mashaal has tentatively accepted the notion of a state on the 1967
borders, and offered Abbas a one-year mandate for negotiations with
Israel – though his fellow politburo members maintain any agreement
with Israel will only serve as a “prelude to war.”
But Hamas’ Gaza chief Ismail Haniyeh maintains that all talks with
Israel are “futile” and believes the tide of the Arab Spring will
lead to victory in the movement’s armed quest to destroy the Jewish
Hamas demanded all the key ministries in the new government,
including the ministry of interior, and insisted no structural
changes to Gaza´s security forces – staffed by its terror militiamen –
The demands effectively leave Hamas in sole control of Gaza while
giving it influence over PA enclaves in Judea and Samaria as well.
Hamas leaders in Gaza have blamed the delay in implementing the Abbas-
Mashaal deal on Fatah, saying they continue to arrest Hamas members
in their enclaves – and to cooperate with Israeli security forces.
Last autumn, the IDF and Shin Bet uncovered a network of Hamas terror
cells in Judea and Samaria in various stages of planning attacks on
Israelis. The discovery led to an ongoing full-court press by Israeli
security services in the region.
PA officials have both condemned and cooperated with the ongoing
raids and arrests of terror suspects in Judea and Samaria in the same
Mashaal, whose politburo decamped in Damascus among the rising
violence in Syria, is reportedly trying to persuade Haniyeh and his
Gaza confederates to implement the deal without changes.
"The delay is so Hamas´ leadership (in Gaza) can be persuaded. Abu
Mazen knows that," a source close to Mashaal said, adding "Maybe next
The source added Hamas and Iran remain at odds due to the terror
group’s criticism of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad´s brutal
crackdown, and decision to leave the country. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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