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Hamas–Fatah –Friends Again?

During the past half century, Arab nations have repeatedly blundered in efforts to secure peace with Israel due to divisions and conflicts within their ranks. The ongoing dispute between Hamas and Fatah for leadership of Palestinians has harmed efforts to present a united front to the Israel government. Egypt has been working assiduously to repair the division, and there are signs both groups are ready to cooperate in efforts at peace in the Middle East. Hamas leader Khalid Mishal told the media, “we have made great strides towards achieving reconciliation.” Hamas is under great pressure from both Saudi Arabia and Egypt to agree to the existence of Israel and to promise an end to armed hostilities. Unless those basic principles are accepted there is no hope Israel would accept Hamas as a serious partner in peace negotiation.

Azzam al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official emphasized, “we urge Hamas to sign it(peace accord)so that we can begin implementing the agreement” for cooperating in the quest for peace with Israel. It is time to move forward and cease dwelling on the past.

We Wll March On Erez Says Hamas!

Thousands of Gazans again went into Egypt after another section of the border wall was demolished by a bulldozeer. Egptian troops are now confronting their worse nightmare, beng compelled to take action against fellow Arabs. Further north on the Israel-Gaza border, Israeli troops appeared unconcerned that Egyptians are dealing with the Gaza mess that stems from Hamas seizure of power from Fatah. A Senior Hamas offical, Ahmed Youssef, threatened Israel with the prospect of a 500,000 people march against the border opening at Erez. “This is not an imaginary scenario and many Palesltinians would be prepared to sacrifice their lives.” Hamas rhetoric of bravery somehow always involves innocent people being placed in dangerous situations.

The last thing Egypt will allow to happen is being charged with full responsibility for keeping order in Gaza. They intend as quickly as possible to restore some sense of normality and thrust back on Israel’s shoulders the onerous task of keeping law and order in an area in which chaos appears to be the order of the day. For a moment, Israel is content to stand by and watch Egyptian troops deal with a situation they have been confronting.

This blog believes it is time for the United Nations to assume contol of the mess that has become Gaza. Rocket attacks have to end and Israel has to open up all crossings and allow trade and commerce to resume. Perhaps, a UN force composed of Turkish or Moroccan troops might be able to ensure peace is restored to the people of Gaza.