Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s suggestion that NATO forces be deployed in the future Palestinian state is not well-received by his rivals, the Hamas rulers of Gaza.
A spokesman for Hamas said Friday that the faction would regard any international military presence within a future Palestinian state as “occupation” forces, reported the Ma’an news agency.
During a rally in southern Gaza, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that any international forces stationed in “Palestine” as a result of a peace agreement with Israel would be treated the same as “the Israeli occupation.”
Abu Zuhri called on Abbas to withdraw from negotiations with the United States and Israel, saying the talks only served to “terminate the question of Palestine and what is left of Palestinian rights and principles.”
“Nobody has authorized you (Abbas) to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people, or on behalf of Hamas or any other faction,” he said, according to Ma’an.
He’s got a point: when did the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza last hold an election? (When they did in Gaza, Hamass won.) Abbas is almost nine years into a four-year term: I’d say he’s about as unauthorized to speak as anyone could be.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposes the idea that NATO forces will secure Israel’s borders in the event of a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.
Precisely, Bibi. Look how well UN “peacekeepers” have worked in Lebanon. No, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. When the missiles start falling, you’re a lot more motivated to stand and fight if it’s your own family and people you’re protecting.