Saturday, February 26, 2011
In 2007 Hamas kicked Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah out of Gaza, killing many of them in the process.
Hamas Terrorists in “SecurityTruck”
Picture this, two boys in a schoolyard. One just whales the dickens out of the other. The beaten boy picks himself up, dusts himself off, and then says, “Okay, I’ll let you join my club, but I’m the president and you gotta follow my rules.”
That is just about what happened between Hamas and Fatah.
As a bit of background, President Abbas fired his entire cabinet last week in the face of very embarrassing releases of documents which were “stolen” from Chief Negotiator Erekat’s office.
Abbas has run the government over a year past the last scheduled elections. His Fatah run leadership is rife with corruption. Hamas kicked them out of Gaza and has many West Bank followers. And the mobs in so many Arab countries has them all scared.
So “change is in the air!”
In a move to keep mob rule from taking over in the West Bank Abbas has fired the cabinet and offered Hamas a chance to join up – again. And they can keep Gaza.
I refer you to the schoolyard fight. The loser is offering the winner a chance to join him. (grin)
The only stipulation is that Hamas cannot rocket Israel.
Okay. But here’s the interesting part. Hamas hasn’t been rocketing Israel, and in fact has often stopped other terrorists from doing it.
Hamas has not responded to the offer. They are “considering” the proposal.
Where will all this go?
It will likely give Abbas some breathing room. He can say he is making peaceful moves for a “unity” government preparatory to new elections.
He can keep Hamas from taking over the West Bank, at least for a while.
And he can keep the Arab street just a bit confused.
Our guess is that when the dust settles, the same old crowd will be back in their offices, perhaps with different titles, and they will try to go with business as usual. Stay tuned.