Monday, July 13, 2009

"Our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means; and the goal is Palestine"

Many see Fatah and Hamas in the Jekyll and Hyde roles; but are they really that different?

In much of the world, and especially the West, Fatah and Hamas are seen as diametrically opposed. Fatah is the moderate, peaceful, and legitimate representative of the Palestinians, while Hamas is the tyrannical Islamist group bent on Israel's destruction. But is this really the case?

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) recently posted a video of a Fatah official declaring:
"Our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means; and the goal is Palestine"
Palestine, of course, is referring not to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, but to all of historic Palestine; namely the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. Sounds a little Hamas-esque, doesn't it?

Here's another choice quote advocating for Israel's destruction from Fatah MP Najat Abu Bakr:
"It doesn't mean that we don't want the 1948 borders, but rather that our current political program is to say that we want the 1967 borders."
So wanting to destroy Israel, while saying you don't, makes you moderate? At least Hamas is brazenly honest in their intentions. Why can't Fatah demonstrate the same, brutal honesty? As with most things, it boils down to money. Take it away, PA official Mohammed Dahlan:
"The Fatah movement does not recognize Israel, even today... [such recognition is] required of the government but not of the Fatah, so that this government will be able to offer the necessary assistance, to carry out the necessary reconstruction, to offer assistance to the sick, to bring relief to needy families... This can be dealt with [only] by a government that has relations with the international community, one that is acceptable to the international community, in order that we can work together and benefit from the international community."
This is akin to telling your welfare case worker you're looking for a job when you're actually lazing around all day watching TV. Instead of Dr. Jekyll, is Fatah the George Costanza of the Middle East? If only they were that harmless...

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