Israel is selling popcorn Posted by: McQ
on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
And sitting back to watch this unfold (OK, and probably quite content to do a few sub-rosa things to help it along):
It is just 12 days since Hamas fighters staged their putsch in Gaza, routing Fatah security forces and forcing the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to declare an emergency, sack the Hamas-led unity government and appoint a new one without the Islamists.
Since then, the Fatah party has embarked on settling the score with its Islamist rivals in the West Bank, its commanders vowing to eradicate Hamas.
Many fear that the showdown will further radicalise the Palestinian territories, and risks triggering a renewed wave of suicide bomb attacks against Israel. Hamas launched dozens of attacks against the Jewish state, killing hundreds of Israeli civilians, but has largely abided by a ceasefire for the past two years.
How bad is it? Well a couple excerpts from an Abbas speech might set the tone:
"The Palestinian flag was trampled today under the feet of [those] who regard the Palestinian national project - whose banner we have been carrying generation after generation - as opposed to their [own] project of darkness. They have replaced [the Palestinian flag] with their own flag, which is a flag of division, detached from our people's history, its struggle and its sacrifice. Next, they persistently set out to desecrate each and every emblem of our national struggle, even in the home of our [late] leader, the martyr Yasser Arafat, and [in the home of Fatah founder] Abu Jihad. In central Gaza, they threw down the statue of the unknown soldier pointing towards Jerusalem - [a monument] that symbolizes the sacrifice of [our] martyrs, the legacy of the Palestinian fighters, and the unity of Palestinian, Egyptian, and Arab blood."
Yes, it is serious. In fact, as you read the following, see if it doesn't remind you of the decades old overall Palestinian position vis a vis Israel:
"There can be no dialogue with these murderers and putschists, and in our entire history, I cannot think of another force or group [of Palestinians] who murdered their own people, [looted] homes and property, and desecrated our national symbols, like the putschists in Gaza have done during this black week. To what end did they do this, and in the name of what religion? [It cannot have been] in the name of religion, for religion has nothing to do with acts such as these. Islam calls for tolerance and liberty. This is not Islam; it is alien to [the spirit of] Islam... The only purpose of the coup was to realize the sick and reckless fantasy of establishing an emirate of darkness and backwardness that will control, with fire and with an iron [fist], the lives, opinions and future of the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza...
"We have reached a new juncture, and there is no point in calling for dialogue as in the past. We must quell the putsch, in all its forms and manifestations, including by dismantling the Executive Force, which carried it out, and which was pronounced illegal by presidential decree. The Hamas leadership must apologize to the Palestinian people and to the PLO for the blood-soaked putsch it has perpetrated, and must hand over all PLO facilities and headquarters to the new legitimate government of united Palestine. It must obey the law and the decisions [of this new government, and stop] the destruction, crimes, assassinations, executions, looting, robbery, and other violations that have been carried out and are still being carried out in the Gaza Strip...
Neither of the Palestinian factions have clean skirts. But Hamas, of the two, certainly seems the most radical and least likely to be open to dialog.
So, will it settle into a "two state" Palestine with Fatah in charge on the West Bank and Hama (and eventually al Qaeda) in Gaza? Is reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas possible? What's the solution here? Seems a divided Palestine is a weaker Palestine and that's a plus for Israel. Will Israel work to keep them divided? What do you think the international community (the UN) will do if anything? Abbas is hinting he might be open to "the arrival of international forces and observers". What are your thoughts on all of this?
Hamas launched dozens of attacks against the Jewish state, killing hundreds of Israeli civilians, but has largely abided by a ceasefire for the past two years.
That’s lame reporting - a lie, actually - from the Telegraph. For years, without letup, Hamas has made life a living hell for Israelis within range of its Qassam rockets. And the reduced number of suicide bomber attacks is due to the inability of Hamas - and Fatah and the others - to cross the security barriers, not to any Palestinian observance of a ceasefire.
Abbas is hinting he might be open to "the arrival of international forces and observers".
Given that he is desperate to postpone his utter doom, I’m sure Abbas is more than happy to accept all the money, guns and lawyers, cards, flowers and best wishes that world leaders, reluctant to give up the game of "peace partner" charades, are willing to send him.
Leave it to the Israelis...
I love watching them work. They don’t screw around. - Scott Jacobs
Well, except for the part where they elected and continue to tolerate Olmert.
When Sharon was busy building the wall and removing the settlers he had previously encouraged, I was sure this was his plan. Put the Palestinians behind the wall and let them be themselves and that way, no Israelis are killed and the attempts to blame it on the Jooooooooos will look all the more ridiculous even to people who aren’t paying much attention.