FATAH FORMING JOINT GOVERNMENT
By Hillel Fendel
September 12, 2006
Fatah's Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas - the PA Chairman
and Prime Minister, respectively - have agreed to form a unity government, hoping the int'l political boycott of Hamas will
be removed. The two Arab leaders announced in Gaza
this afternoon (Monday) that they had agreed on guidelines for the new Palestinian Authority government.
Abbas' Fatah party was trounced by Hamas in elections earlier this year. He said that the new
government's diplomatic plan is based on the Prisoners' Document - a paper drawn up this past May by several leading terrorists
imprisoned in Israel.
Among those who formulated the document were Fatah's
Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for murdering Israelis, Abdel Halik Al-Natsheh of Hamas, and Islamic
Jihad's Bassam Al- Saadi.
The original goal of the document was to restore coordination
between the PLO (Fatah) and Hamas, without granting recognition to Israel.
The document calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, without withdrawing
claims to the area known as pre-1967 Israel, within the Green Line.
"right of return" for millions of Arabs to Israel
is emphasized five times in the paper, and the PLO's stage-by-stage policy is also reaffirmed.
Significantly, the Prisoners' Document encourages further terrorism - in violation of the Road
Map plan's fundamental demands - by calling for the "widening the circles of resistance" and for the "release of all [terrorist]
prisoners" held by Israel "by all means." Support of "those who bore the burden of resistance, in particular the martyrs'
families" - i.e., suicide bombers and their relatives - is encouraged.
No Recognition of Israel by Hamas
Hamas has refused to recognize Israel or negotiate with it, while Fatah has not. Even in
the new government, Hamas will not recognize Israel
outright; it rather hopes that its acceptance of vague Arab peace initiatives, such as the Saudi plan of 2002, will enable
other countries to remove their diplomatic boycotts from the PA.
known as Abu Mazen, said today he hopes the new government will be formed in the coming days. Hamas insists that Ismail Haniye,
the current prime minister, must continue to serve in this post.
Clash Claims Two Lives
Fatah and Hamas gunmen have clashed many times over the past months, leading to deaths and injuries. Just today, two
Arabs were killed in a Fatah-Hamas exchange of fire south of Gaza
Abbas said he would be willing to "meet immediately" with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in order to "renew the peace process."
However, he said, "the end of the conflict in the Middle East will be enabled only when the Palestinian rights are achieved,
when we establish our sovereign state with its capital as Jerusalem, and when the problem of the refugees is solved."
Palestinian terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at
an IDF force from southern Gaza today, causing no damage.
West of Shechem (Nablus) this afternoon, soldiers checked
a suspicious-looking Arab and found two pipebombs on his person. Border Guard sappers safely detonated the bombs.
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