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Dangerous and False Palestinian “Unity”

palunityby Efraim Inbar
BESA Center Perspectives

As long as the military branch of Hamas remains independent, there is no Palestinian unity. Under the current accord, instead of the PA regaining lost Gaza, Hamas is gaining better access to the West Bank. The current Western stance, which supports the continuation of a fragmented Palestinian polity, makes the establishment of a stable Palestinian state more unlikely than ever. Moreover, acceptance of a growing role for Hamas is inimical to Israeli-Palestinian peaceful co-existence.

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Funding Palistianian Unity Government

Department_of_StateThe United States said on Monday it plans to work with and fund the new Palestinian unity government formed after an agreement by the Fatah and Hamas factions” NBC News

“The European Union will work with the new Palestinian unity government, on condition it sticks to the principle of peace with Israel based on a two-state solution, it said on Tuesday.” NBC News

“The United Nations on Tuesday welcomed the new Palestinian unity government and said it was ready to lend its full support in efforts to reunite the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said.” TimesofIsrael

Hamas is not a group that will recognize Israel, commit to  nonviolence, and accept all prior agreements. The “the new government will be made up of technocrats”; frontmen who will supposedly run this new unity government and represent it publicly.

 

Palestinian Unity Government Runs into Obstacles

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Differences between Fatah and Hamas may delay the formation of a Palestinian unity government. The unity government was expected to be announced on Thursday it has been delayed to Monday.   There seems to be three major issues that Fatah and Hamas  have not agreed on.

 

The sources told the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper that one of the obstacles hindering the formation of the unity government is related to the status of the Palestinian security forces.  Hamas has rejected the idea of permitting Fatah-dominated security forces to return to the Gaza Strip, they said.

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White House tending toward working with terror group Hamas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

A unity government is set to be established within a week by Fatah and Hamas.

Hamas is classified as a terrorist group by the United States government.  Hamas is a terrorist group that has a genocide ideology to exterminate Jews and any person who has a different belief.

Hamas’ Charter calls for the annihilation of Israel in the first paragraph. “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it”

This is not a group that will recognize Israel and commit to nonviolence!  The “the new government will be made up of technocrats”; frontmen who will supposedly run this  new unity government and represent it publicly.

Despite Israel’s position, the U.S. administration is tending toward cooperating with the soon-to-be-formed Palestinian unity government, even if Hamas as an organization does not accept the conditions of the Mideast Quartet to recognize Israel, honor previous agreements and abandon violence. Haaretz

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Palestinian Unity Agreement

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas is classified as a terrorist group by the United States government.  How will the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas affect foreign aid? Should Hamas and Fatah succeed in creating a unity government it would be illegal for the U.S. to provide foreign aid assistance to a group that it has classified as a terrorist group. Even through “Hamas has agreed to allow technocrats to run the new government” foreign aid funds could be misused and diverted to benefit Hamas.

Rival political parties Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement in April.   These two groups envision forming a unity government within five weeks with general elections in December.  How credible and workable will this agreement be when other unity agreements have failed between these two parties as the fundamental issues that divide these two groups still remains?

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