'We use ballots, not bullets'
What most of the world doesn't understand is that regardless of whether Fatah or Hamas leads the 'Palestinians,' the prospects for peace are the same. The two don't differ on goals. Only on how to get there.
"Hamas and Fatah have differences in opinion," Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday morning, but stressed that "everyone has a right to run."Is Saeb saying that Hamas and Fatah don't share the same objective? If so, what happens if Hamas (presumably the bad guys) wins the election? (Assuming that there ever is an election).... And if they do share the same objective, how does Saeb define that objective?
"We are a democracy" he told Army Radio, emphasizing that "whoever wins, wins." This does not mean that Hamas would be "taking over" the West Bank, however, adding, "We don't use bullets, we use ballots."
When probed over whether Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is expected to run in the Palestinian presidential elections, Erekat said he has not announced a decision.
Turning to comments made by Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority share the same objectives, Erekat said that he was "sorry for this broken record in Israel."
"They forget that even [the late PLO leader Yasser] Arafat recognized Israel within the 1967 lines," he said, claiming that after he did so he was killed. Erekat expressed hope that Russian, French and Swiss investigators "will find out who killed Arafat."
As far as I can tell, they do share the same objective and it's to extirpate the Jewish state.
What could go wrong?