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Friday, November 30, 2007

Differences? What differences?

The entire time that Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert was in Annapolis with his good friend 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen, the people of Sderot were suffering under daily Kassam rocket and mortar fire. You didn't hear anything about it, because as long as no one gets killed, no one really bothers to report about it. And besides, there aren't that many people left in Sderot anyway.

You will recall that the reason why Olmert met with Abu Mazen in Annapolis is because Abu Mazen is a 'moderate' who wants 'peace' (despite the fact that his 'moderate' Fatah organization sponsors an armed wing called the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades that has carried out most of the terror attacks in Israel in the last seven years). In other words, Abu Mazen is 'good' as opposed to the nasty Hamas terrorists in Gaza who are his enemy and who are 'bad.' You will also recall that three and a half weeks ago, I reported that the US had given Israel clearance to send the IDF into Gaza to clean out the vipers and stop the firing on Sderot and its environs. At the time, Israel postponed the 'operation' - earning Sderot a few hundred more rockets and mortars and earning Olmert a few brownie points with his prosecutors - so as not to interfere with the Annapolis gang rape. But now that Annapolis is over and was just so successful (/sarc), it's time to clean up Gaza, restore it to the rule of the good terrorist Abu Mazen and bring quiet to Sderot and the western Negev, and then we can make peace and prosperity and live happily ever after. Right?

Well, maybe. But if we do send the IDF into Gaza, they won't just be facing the bad terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. You see, if the IDF invades Gaza, that will be enough for the good terrorists of Fatah and the bad terrorists of Hamas to put their differences aside and fight together against the real enemy: Israel. You thought differently after Annapolis? You haven't been reading this blog long enough.... The source, by the way, is a 'senior Fatah official' in Gaza City (yes, they exist and they even shoot rockets occasionally):
"Fatah won't remain idle in the face of an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip," the official said. "We will definitely fight together with Hamas against the Israeli army. It's our duty to defend our people against the occupiers." [There hasn't been a single Israeli in the Gaza Strip for more than two years now. CiJ]

The Fatah official said his faction would place political differences aside and form a joint front against Israel if the IDF enters the Gaza Strip. "The homeland is more important than all our differences," he said.

The statements came amid reports that some Arab countries were planning to resume mediation efforts between Fatah and Hamas to avoid further deterioration in the aftermath of the Annapolis peace conference.

According to the reports, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have decided to invite representatives of Fatah and Hamas for talks on ways of ending their power struggle.

A senior Palestinian official who visited Cairo this week said the Egyptians and Saudis have reached the conclusion that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won't be able to move forward with the peace talks with Israel without solving his problems with Hamas.

The official said Abbas had given his blessing to Cairo and Riyadh to resume their efforts to end the crisis with Hamas.
Abu Mazen is undoubtedly pleased. Here's what he had to say on the subject of Fatah and Hamas fighting together back in January:
“We have a legitimate right to direct our guns against Israeli occupation ... Our rifles, all our rifles are aimed at The Occupation” ( Jerusalem Post, January 11, 2007; Independent Media & Review Analysis, January 12, 2007).
Fatah, Hamas - can you tell the difference between them? I can't. And the Olmert - Barak - Livni government can't tell the difference between them either. All of which has to make you wonder why they keep up the charade that there is a difference. Maybe if Egypt and Saudi Arabia get Abu Mazen and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to kiss and make up again, we can drop the pretense? Maybe?


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