Khaled Abu Toameh on Fatah and Hamas:
Were it not for Israel’s presence between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Fatah and Hamas would most likely be dispatching suicide bombers and rockets at each other.Read the whole thing.
And they would perhaps still be throwing each other’s supporters from the fifteenth and sixteenth floors of tall buildings had not Israel, in the summer of 2007, helped Fatah members and their families run away from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
This is not a conflict over which side will bring democracy and good government to the Palestinians so much as it is a power struggle over money and power.
The fight between Hamas and Fatah is not a power struggle between good guys and bad guys: it is a rivalry between bad guys and bad guys.
Creating a second Palestinian state is not going to resolve the Palestinian civil war--it will only exacerbate it.
But then again, the issue is to create a Palestinian Arab state--not necessarily a stable state. The West has become so focused on creating this state, that they are incapable of evaluating the issues involved, let along caring.
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