Why Hamas wants Abu Mazen to take over Gaza
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
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
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.
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