Monday, March 07, 2011

Hamas Instigates Reconciliation with Fatah

Nadene Goldfoot
Khaled Mishaal, top Syrian influenced Hamas leader, attended the opening of the 8th Al Quds (Jerusalem) International Foundation Conference in Sudan's capital yesterday.  He is most happy about the fall of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and of Tunisia's capitulation to the rebels as he thinks that this is a return to their natural state.  He said it  is the time for Hamas and Fatah to join together in jihad against Israel.

He wants to "liberate" Jerusalem from Israel and is planning a battle for it.  He didn't differentate about whether he meant the Eastern part or all of Jerusalem.  The meeting was covered by Jordan's newspaper.  Twenty-eight countries representatives attended.  One goal of this conference was to mobilize efforts to bolster the Palestinians in exposing Israeli plots, according to the organizer of the conference. 

How will Fatah in Judea and Samaria react while they are now enjoying a measure of freedom of expression and a standard of living that is better than many of their Arab neighbors?  They have been fairly quiet about rebelling against Abbas.  A change to unite with Fatah might be seen as  being supportive of that political group instead of their own.  Do they really want to rock the boat right now? by Joel Greenberg

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