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Friday, August 22, 2014

Why Hamas wants Abu Mazen to take over Gaza

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen hasn't stayed in power this long by being a fool. In an important article on the Gatestone Institute's website, Khaled Abu Toameh explains why the 'solution' to the situation in Gaza promoted by the United States and the European Union - to put Abu Mazen in charge - is in the best interests of Hamas, but not in the best interests of the 'Palestinian Authority' or Abu Mazen.
Abbas himself seems to be aware that were it not for Israel, Hamas would have removed him from power a long time ago and extended its control to the West Bank.
Today, Abbas seems to feel safer sitting with Israel in the West Bank than he does being with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Abbas also knows that his return to the Gaza Strip would not stop Hamas and other terrorist groups from continuing their rocket attacks on Israel.
Many seem to have forgotten that even while he was in control of the Gaza Strip, Abbas could not stop the rocket attacks or disarm any of the terrorist groups. Even his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, was not able to stop the rocket attacks or rein in the terrorist groups.
Even if the Palestinian Authority were to return to the Gaza Strip, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups would not disappear.
The PA in the Gaza Strip would end up like the Lebanese government, which has no control over the terrorist Hizbullah organization.
This is precisely what Hamas wants: a weak Palestinian Authority that would manage the day-to-day affairs of the Palestinians and pay salaries to tens of thousands of employees, while the Islamist movement and its allies continue to smuggle weapons and prepare for the next war with Israel.
Such a scenario would only strengthen Hamas: it would absolve it of its responsibilities toward the residents of the Gaza Strip by laying the burden on the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas and the PA cannot return to the Gaza Strip unless Hamas and its allies are completely disarmed or severely undermined as result of Israeli military action or international agreements to demilitarize the entire Gaza Strip.
For now, it would be better to keep Abbas and his Palestinian Authority away from the Gaza Strip instead of turning them into puppets in the hands of Hamas and its sponsors in Qatar.
Read the whole thing.

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