Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahhar said Saturday that while the movement agreed to a deal with Fatah to form a transitional government, Hamas was concerned it may actually undermine the reconciliation accord between the parties.
“We specifically agreed on a non-partisan cabinet of technocrats to prepare for elections … implementing the deal may lead to undermining the (initial agreement),” Zahhar told reporters.
Zahhar said on Saturday that Hamas wants to implement reconciliation, but raised discussions in how to protect the agreement at the latest meetings, indicating its opposition to Abbas’ role in the new government is ongoing.
First of all, Mahmoud, a “cabinet of technocrats” (though distinctly partisan) is what we have here. You don’t want it, trust me.
Second, right back at ya:
Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf Saturday accused in an interview on Voice of Palestine radio some Hamas leaders in Gaza of opposing the Doha agreement in order to maintain the internal division, which has benefited them.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and President Mahmoud Abbas agreed in the Qatari capital Doha that Abbas would form and head the new government as a compromise solution after Hamas strongly objected to Abbas’ nominee, current Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Despite of all Hamas practices, Fatah insists on implementing the reconciliation agreement and ending the division, said Assaf.
Hey, that’s awfully big of you, Ass…af.
Let me simplify things for our newer readers out there. In order for the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians to evolve, their factions should at least be on speaking terms. Well, at least not on shooting terms. But international aid (about their only source of income) hinges on Hamass being excluded from any government, as it is an overt, avowed terrorist organization. And much as the international aid organizations just ache to lavish wealth upon the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, they can’t quite bring themselves to do so. Genocidal ethnic hatred is still a tender spot for Europe.
Even that distinction is farcical, however, when you consider that Fatah is barely less radical, hardly more peaceable than Hamas. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is Fatah’s armed wing, just as Hamass has the The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade—or, as I call it, the Dizzy Dean-Casey Kasem Brigade. As we reported merely four days ago, Al Aqsa shells Israel, too.
Let’s say Fatah were the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan has a terrible, terrible history—as shameful and despicable as can be described. But largely neutered now. No crosses are burned on lawns anymore, no churches firebombed. They still have a hateful ideology, one that should be rejected, shunned, and despised by every decent person, but other than a vicious beating or two—and their unchanged, elinminationist philosophy—they don’t get up to much these days.
Now let’s say Hamass is the Aryan Nation, American Nazi Party, The Order, Posse Comitatus, and various white power skinheads, all rolled into one.
The European Union and United Nations would bankroll the Klan, but not the Aryan Nation. I hope you appreciate the distinction.