Who Are Fatah Palestinians?
They are who Abbas represents. They lost control of Gaza to the Hamas terrorists in January of 2006. On October 21, 2006, Fatah attacked Sderot, Israel with 3 rockets. This was a militant group of Fatah called the Martyr Sami Abuk-al-ghul Brigade. The Fatah constitution is just as bad as Hamas. It calls for the "complete liberation of Palestine and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence". They will use violence and not political solutions. They have armed units such as Tanzim, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and Force 17. They have carried out hundred of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. They claim responsibility for over 300 attacks where civilians were killed. According to Israeli authorities, these groups have attempted or carried out more than 1,500 attacks. Just before Annapolis, Ido Zoldan, an Israeli, was shot and murdered by Fatah terrorists. Israel had dismantled 24 security roadblocks at America's insistence, and they were able to get into the area with their weapons that way. Update on 12/5/07 The terrorists turned out to be the Fatah members of the Palestinian Authority-Fatah security forces. They got their weapons from Israel and the US because they were part of security. This news was kept quiet until after the Peace talks in Annapolis. Israel had caught two of the murderers and waited until the PA arrested the third man before they let this news out to the press. It was just about two weeks earlier that PA policement were allowed to enter Shechem, and to give them ammunition and weapons.
When these groups rewrite their charter and accept Israel in their midst, I'll believe that peace is possible. Israel feels that the Fatah leadership continues to control and support these terrorist activities. So far, we have seen both Fatah and Hamas kill each other in Gaza striving for control. Hamas continues to bomb Sderot and other near by towns. I might ask Condoleezza why she didn't have Fatah rewrite their charter before they spoke about peace with Israel. Olmert is a lawyer. He should know better.
References: MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
CAMERA: Is Fatah Really Moderate?
Israel Hasbara Committee 20 November 2007 http://www.infoisrael.net