zondag 7 september 2014

Palestijnse eenheidsregering komt steeds meer onder druk

Haniye, Meshal en Abbas beconcurreren elkaar


Een ernstige ontwikkeling dient zich aan bij het Palestijnse leiderschap. De eenheidsregering van Abbas( Fatah) en Haniye( Hamas) vertoont steeds zichtbaarder scheuren.

Abbas heeft grote kritiek op het beleid van Hamas gedurende de Gaza-oorlog en bovendien blijkt Hamas 120  Fatah-leden zonder proces geexecuteerd te hebben onder het mom van verraad door samenwerking met Israel . Zo probeert Hamas zich van lastige mensen te ontdoen. Ook in 2007 tijdens de gewapende opstand van Hamas in Gaza tegen Abbas schroomde Hamas niet Fatahleden willekeurig dood te schieten, soms in hun auto waar hun kinderen bij waren.

De werkelijke leider van Hamas, Meshal die in Qatar woontl, weigert bovendien de eenheidsregering van Abbas het recht om te beslissen over oorlog of vrede.

Intussen probeerde Meshal Palestijnen op te zetten tegen Abbas en een 3` intifada te beginnen en arresteerde Abbas daarop Hamasleden op de Westbank.

Daar komt bij dat Hamas onder de Palestijnen populairder is geworden na de Gaza-oorlog. De meerderheid van de Palestijnen staat nu achter gewapend verzet tegen Israel, terwijl Abbas probeert via de VN Israel op de knieen te krijgen. Bij dat laatste hoort geen gewapend verzet, hoewel ook Fatah dat wel in zijn handvest heeft staan. Alle leiders geven verschillende signalen af al naar gelang met wie ze praten. Zo is er ook een verklaring van Meshal dat hij bereid is Israel binnen de grenzen van 1967 te accepteren. Dit alles maakt het steeds ingewikkelder om uit te maken met wie Israel waarover moet praten en wat betrouwbaar is. Zoals overal in het Midden-Oosten is ook hier niet duidelijk met wie je in zee kunt gaan en wie de veiligheid van Israel garandeert.



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United or Untied? Hamas Resists PA Arrests

'Unity' tensions rise further as Hamas leader calls for Judea Samaria members to resist summonses by PA security forces.

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By Ari Yashar

First Publish: 9/7/2014, 10:47 AM


Hamas terrorists in Gaza

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In a further sign of the rapid deterioration of the April "unity agreement" between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA), a leader in the Gaza-based terrorist group ordered members in Judea and Samaria to resist summonses for investigation by PA security forces.

Senior Hamas leader and spokesperson Hussam Badran slammed the "escalation in the amount of summonses and arrests in the West Bank," reports Yedioth Aharonoth, adding that Hamas last week argued PA forces had arrested many of its members without cause.

The accusation of mistreatment of its members by the PA comes after PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday night that "Hamas conducted atrocities during the war in Gaza, also at its end when it executed 120 people without trial because they breached the curfew placed on them."

The comment on curfews would appear to confirm reports that Hamas limited members of Abbas's Fatah faction to an effective house arrest during Operation Protective Edge. Abbas likewise seemed to back reports that Hamas's executions for "collaboration" were an excuse to kill off political opponents, including Fatah members.

Abbas on Saturday night threatened to end the "unity deal" with Hamas, saying he "doesn't trust Hamas," as tensions between the two parties continue to build in the wake of Operation Protective Edge and the failed Hamas coup attempt on Abbas in Judea and Samaria.

Interestingly Badran said back in early June that Hamas believes "the majority of the Palestinian people still believe that the way to freedom is to fight," calling for "armed struggle" against Israel. Abbas, meanwhile, is currently pushing a "diplomatic war," calling for the UN to force Israel into a timeline for withdrawal from the 1949 Armistice lines.

A recent poll last Tuesday supports Badran's assertion, finding that after the operation a full 61% of Arab residents of Gaza, Judea and Samaria would pick Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for unity government president, whereas Abbas would have a mere 32% in support.

It is worth noting that in terms of ideology there indeed appears to be unity between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah faction, with senior Fatah officials recently saying they reached a "political decision" to support Arab terrorists "slaughtering" Jews living in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, calling for a full return to terrorism, and declaring "open war" on the Jewish state. 

Such calls are in keeping with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) charter of 1968, which declares "armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine." Following the charter, the PLO and Fatah were defined internationally as terror organizations, a status which was removed during the 1993 Oslo Accords process.





Palestinian Reconciliation

Abbas threatens to break partnership with Hamas

PA President: Decisions of war and peace must be decided by one Palestinian govt, Khaled Mashaal won't accept this condition; 'my patience with Israel, US, Hamas has expired'.


Elior Levy


Published:  09.07.14, 10:05 / Israel News 


The rift between Fatah and Hamas, which developed over the course of Operation Protective Edge, continued to widen Saturday, when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to Egyptian reporters, threatening to break their current partnership if the organization in Gaza doesn't begin to make some changes.

"If Hamas won't accept a Palestinian State with one government, one law, and one weapon - then there won't be any partnership between us," said Abbas. "This is our condition, and we won't back away from it."

The Palestinian leader made the comments while on a three day visit to Cairo, where he said that dialogue with Hamas regarding Palestinian reconciliation could only continue if the organization based in Gaza softens its position.

"We will only be talking to Hamas if they meet our requirements. The partnership with Hamas depends on arms being under the control of the Palestinian State," said Abbas referring to Hamas' underground military wing led by Mohammed Deif.

Abbas said that he demands that the Palestinian Authority be responsible for State decision including when to declare war or sign a peace deal. Khaled Mashaal, the political leader of Hamas, doesn't seem agreeable to these terms according to Abbas.

"Mashaal told me, 'I'm the resistance leader and there will be no ceasefire (between Hamas and Israel) without my agreement,'" said Abbas. One of the Palestinian journalists who took part in the meeting suggested that Abbas is expected to make an official announcement Sunday, during a meeting with Arab League ministers, that the PA will cease the reconciliation dialogue unless Hamas agrees to comply with his stated requirements.

The PA President made similarly threatening comments last week during a television interview in which he addressed an announcement from Hamas that they would be the ones to choose war or peace with Israel. Abbas said in the interview that he opposes the statement and that according to the current reconciliation agreement, decisions of war or peace lay with the PA.

According to Abbas, if this condition doesn't manifest itself into reality, there would be anarchy and no point in keeping with a reconciliation agreement.

"One side can't unilaterally declare war," said Abbas. "That isn't unity or reconciliation." He also stressed that any reconstruction plan in Gaza will be carried out under the authority of the PA.

A group of journalists who participated in the meeting also testified that Abbas announced in the conversation that some 400,000 Palestinians were left homeless as a result of the operation. He also mentioned Hamas' boasts at the end of the operation that the organization was "allowing Israelis to return to the homes."

"Who will return Gaza's residents to their homes?" asked Abbas sarcastically. He continued his criticism of Hamas, asking how they could have been surprised by Israel's military response after having abducted and murdered three Israeli teenagers and then firing rockets at Israel.

Abbas also launched criticism against rocket fire from Gaza, saying that some 4,000 had been fired, but only three Israelis were killed as a result. He added that Hamas' interest in democracy was only as a way to gain power.

But Abbas expressed that he was exacerbated by more than just Hamas. "Honestly - my patience with Israel, the United States and Hamas has expired," he said.

The Palestinian President arrived in Cairo on Friday and he plans to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as well as taking part in a meeting of foreign ministers from Arab League members.

Meanwhile in the West Bank, Hamas called on its operatives not cooperate with Palestinian Authority security forces investigations.

Hamas spokesperson Hussam Badran condemned the "escalation in the amount of summons and arrests in the West Bank."

Over the weekend, Hamas officials claimed the PA was arresting its men for no reason.






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