A conference was just held on Tuesday, August 4th by Fatah, the party of Yasser Arafat in Bethlehem in the Judea-Samaria area now called the West Bank. They said this interim after fighting Israel is" just a time out for tactical reasons". This is the weaker group of the two terrorist organizations. They live in the "West Bank" now and are planning the future Palestinian state.
Over 2,000 delegates came from all over the Arab world, but Hamas in Gaza would not let 400 Fatah members go, though some snuck out, as Hamas now has the upper hand. Abbas of Fatah said that they were two parts connected to each other and should not divide each other but called them coup makers. He said they should hold new elections. Abbas lost out in January 2006's elections and Hamas gained Gaza in June 2007.
Jibril Rajoub, former head of the Palestinian 's security force and leading contender to Abbas said that military action against Israel was still on the table though they were involved in the peace process.
Israel did not stop anyone from attending the conference. Israeli Arab and Knesset member Ahmed Tibi was there with other Israelis and wanted the Palestinian state to be free of Jews. Note that he is an Arab living in Israel but what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.
The Israeli Defense Minister isn't very worried about the words spoken at the conference, and is more interested in the peace process and what it will bring.
Not all Israelis agree with this pragmatic sit back and see approach. Israel's Minister of Information said that the statements represent:
A declaration of war against the state of Israel.
1. Fatah refuses to remove the armed struggle from their platform.
2. Fatah columnists write about why Fatah must keep up the armed struggle as part of their bylaws.
3. Fatah refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
4. Fatah TV shows aired this week which said that Haifa, Acre and Jaffa were Palestinian cities.
5. Fatah starts up again on Wednesday morning and is maintaining a lethal threat to the state and people of Israel.
Not only is Israel being threatened mightily by Iran, but also the future Palestinian state. They speak about peace out of one side of their mouth while thumping the war drums with a call of attack. Are we so gullible?
Reference: JTA http://jta.org/news/article-print/2009/08/04/1007021/fatah-congress-focuses-on-split-with-
Israel Resource Review: http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=3696&q=1 by David Bedein Aug. 4, 2009