The Palestinian Authority government published its platform on Friday, which for the first time does not include a reference to armed struggle against Israel.And of course Israel rushes right in with arms held wide open welcoming this groundbreaking move:
Nonetheless, the government stressed that it is committed to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' call for a "popular struggle against the Israeli occupation."
Israel welcomed on Friday remarks by ministers that Palestinian Prime Miniser Salam Fayad's government program, yet to be presented to parliament, does not feature a commitment to "armed resistance" - unlike those of its Hamas-led predecessors.That's quite a deal that Abbas has--all he has to do is talk the talk, while Israel is the one expected to walk the walk.
Before popping open the champagne, let's see: has the Fatah Charter been changed? Remember, the one's with the Charter that still contains the goal for their peace partner:
Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.Let him change that first. Then we can talk.