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Israeli planes bomb Gaza, injuring 7

Crescent International

The Hamas-PLO reconciliation has upset both the US and the zionists. They want to keep the Palestinians divided so that they cannot successfully struggle for the rights. Will the latest deal last?

Cairo, Crescent-online
Thursday April 24, 2014, 12:49 DST

The Zionists continue to perpetrate crimes against defenceless Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. At least seven people among them a 50-year-old man and two children were injured, according to Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra, when Israeli planes bomb the Beit Lahiya neighbourhood yesterday.

The air strike came in the wake of a unity deal announced by Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) at a press conference in Gaza City yesterday. Under the deal, Hamas and the PLO ended seven years of estrangement and agreed to form a coalition government in the West Bank and Gaza.

Following the January 2006 elections in which Hamas had won a clear majority, it still agreed to form a coalition government with the PLO. Unfortunately, PLO officials were secretly working with the Zionists and the US to undermine Hamas and even passed information about Hamas officials to them.

In June 2006, PLO officials secretly met Eliott Abrams, then serving as George Bush’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy. Abrams told them at the Washington meeting to launch an attack against Hamas and eliminate it from power. British MI6 was also involved as well as the CIA in training PLO agents in subversive activities.

Matters came to a head in June 2007 but the PLO thugs proved no match for Hamas fighters who quickly took over most strategic buildings in Gaza. What most shocked Hamas were documents they recovered from the National Security Force building then controlled by PLO Security Chief, Mohammed Dahlan. There were hundreds of documents that proved close links between PLO security operatives and the Zionists’ internal intelligence agency, Shin Bet.

With PLO operatives driven out of Gaza, Hamas established its government in Gaza in June 2007 but it also led to the Zionist blockade of the tiny Strip resulting in mass starvation (80 percent of Gaza’s population is food deficient according to UNRWA), mass unemployment and poverty.

After years of estrangement, the PLO and Hamas have come together again. How long this relationship will last is a moot point. Hamas has indicated that it is willing to forget past acrimony but it will depend on whether the PLO is prepared to work for the rights of the Palestinian people or continue to serve the interests of the Zionists and Americans that have funded and maintained the PLO and its over-arching Palestinian Authority (PA) headed by Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) for years.

Given its disruptive nature, the US immediately expressed “disappointment” over the reconciliation pact between the two main Palestinian political factions. ”The timing was troubling, and we were certainly disappointed in the announcement,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in Washington on Wednesday.

“This could seriously complicate our efforts — not just our efforts, but the efforts between the parties more importantly to extend the negotiations,” she added.

The negotiations Ms Psaki is referring to have gone nowhere for more than two decades. The Zionists are not prepared to cede an inch of Palestinian land. Their definition of negotiations is that the Palestinians surrender all their rights and accept life under Zionist occupation as a permanent condition. If they do not accept these conditions, then they are not “serious” about negotiations or acting responsibly.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas should choose between reaching peace with Israel or making peace with Hamas.

“You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace [with Israel]; so far he hasn't done so,” he warned.

The Israeli definition of “peace” is that the Palestinians surrender completely. Will the new Hamas-PLO deal put some backbone into Abbas to stand up for Palestinian rights?

If the past is any guide, one should not repose too much hope in this.


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