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Saturday, 13 October 2007
A Matter of Timing and Tactics

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

The European Union would support Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas if he reconciled with Hamas, according to Christina Gallach, spokeswoman for EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana.
--from this news article

Fatah itself is not acceptable. It is not acceptable when the Slow Jihadists run interference for the Fast Jihadists of Hamas, with Abbas and Fayad, who with their suits and ties and certified-public-accountants' mien reassure those in the West who are impressed with such things, and cannot be through them. Fayad is closer to being a real technocrat than the much more malevolent Abbas, but they are both, objectively, attempting to push Israel back still further, still attempting to weaken it in a way that will sate, not whet, Arab Muslim appetites, that still manage to completely ignore the legal and historic rights of the Jews at the very least to all of Western Palestine -- that is, "Palestine" west of the Jordan River.

No, Hamas is not acceptable, and a Fatah government that contains Hamas is not acceptable. But a Fatah government that does not contain Hamas, or is not protecting Hamas, is no more acceptable. The Slow Jihadists of Fatah differ from the Fast Jihadists of Hamas only in matters of timing and tactics, not in ultimate, relentlessly pursued goals. Those goals they share.

Posted on 10/13/2007 4:56 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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