By Jim Fletcher
Hamas terror master Khaled Mashaal has announced that his group will now coordinate strategy with the Palestinian Authority.
“Now we have to agree on all decisions as Palestinians,” he said from Cairo.
No other nation in the world but Israel would have to endure this kind of comment:
"How to manage the resistance, what's the best way to achieve our goals, when to escalate and when to cease fire, now we have to agree on all those decisions as Palestinians."There are at least two problems with such statements. One, they tell us that agents of murder like Mashaal can become mainstream political figures and two, the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is a partner in such madness.
Mashaal has also said that the Palestinians common enemy is Israel, and he intends to see a sovereign Palestinian state, with a capitol in Jerusalem. Tellingly, he also insists on the so-called “right of return” for “Palestinian refugees.” Officially, the right of return is seen as a non-starter by all negotiating partners and diplomats the world over, save of course the Arabs themselves.
A prediction: Israel will be expected to bend on even this issue, should a Palestinian state be declared. Menacingly, Mashaal also said he wanted that state emptied of Jews.
Hamas and the PA signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo last week, and this disturbing event of course has not been internalized by the West.
Nabil Sha’ath, who’s made a career out of “negotiating” with Israel, claims that Mashaal has given up violence, but this is just a tactic. All the Palestinian leadership advocates violence, and they always have.
There is no good conclusion this scenario, unless the international community intervenes and holds the Palestinians accountable. We know that won’t happen.
Equally disturbing is that all this reconciliation is taking place in Egypt. In modern times, there has always been tension between the Muslim Brotherhood and secular dictatorships in Egypt. At the end of the day, though, is the “secular” government better than the Brotherhood? The point is, they’re all the same, really.
Egypt’s Nasser was a psychopath and would have exterminated the Jews if he could have. He tried. Hamas and their PA friends are cut from the same cloth.
Let us now sit back and see how the Lord will destroy Pharaoh and his army.
Despite Reconciliation: Mashaal Calls for Armed Struggle - Arutz Sheva
Israel's next challenge: Obama's outreach to Muslim Brotherhood - DEBKAfile
PA: We can't pay salaries for first time since '07 - Jerusalem Post
Egyptians to mark Nakba with a march to Palestine - Ahram Online
Egypt and Israel Headed for Crisis - Middle East Online