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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Great news: 'Palestinian Authority' trying to get Hamas removed from terror lists

In a bid to lay the groundwork for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the 'Palestinian Authority' has asked the United States and the European Union to remove Hamas from their respective lists of terror organizations.
The Palestinian Authority is working toward removing Hamas from the US and EU list of terror organizations so as to pave the way for the Islamist movement to join a Palestinian unity government, PA negotiator Nabil Sha’ath revealed on Monday.

Sha’ath, who was speaking to reporters after meeting in Cairo with Arab League Secretary- General Amr Moussa, said he raised the issue with a number of governments during a recent tour of EU capitals.

“We are seeking to have Hamas removed from the list of terror organizations,” he said. “We want EU countries to recognize a Palestinian unity government that would include Hamas and other factions.”

Sha’ath said that his Fatah faction was keen on ending the dispute with Hamas.

“The current circumstances require us to reorganize our Palestinian home,” he added. “I have announced several times that we have accepted the Egyptian [reconciliation] initiative. We have agreed to a national unity government [with Hamas] that would implement the Egyptian document and prepare for elections.”

Sha’ath was referring to an Egyptian reconciliation plan that was presented to Fatah and Hamas in 2009.

He said that Fatah has accepted Hamas’s reservations about the plan, adding that he did not know why the movement was delaying its response.

“This is a question that every Palestinian and Arab should be asking,” he stressed. “My fear is that Hamas’s calculations about the Arab revolts are different than ours. We see that these revolutions’ main demand is unity and support for Palestinian rights.”

Sha’ath, a former PA foreign minister, said that a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation would embolden Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.
And just last week, Fatah demanded that 'Palestinian Prime Minister' Salam Fayyad be fired, because he suggested a reconciliation scenario with Hamas that would leave Gaza in Hamas' hands.

Let's not delude ourselves here. The Europeans will approve this in a second. It's what they've wanted for a couple of years now - ostensibly because boycotting Hamas 'isn't working anyway.' And the Obama administration is likely to go along because of the 'fierce moral urgency' of creating a 'Palestinian state.'

What could go wrong?

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At 2:58 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yup. And this move would be made without Hamas having to recognize Israel and make peace with it.

Why does the Netanyahu government, in the light of this move, still think the PA is a peace partner?

What could go wrong indeed

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He said that Fatah has accepted Hamas’s reservations about the plan, adding that he did not know why the movement was delaying its response."--presumably reservations about institutional independence or changing their ideological insistence on liquidation of the Jewish state. So Israel will now be pressured by O and the EU to concede territories to a unified PA, half of which refuses to recognize a Jewish state, half of which explicitly pledges to rub it out sooner or later. Bibi's plan? Barak's? Livni's? Likud's?


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