Fatah Congress May Reignite Armed Conflict with Israel

[Ynet News] Roni Sofer - Former Israel Security Agency chief and Knesset Member Avi Dichter warned Monday that decisions at the upcoming Fatah congress in Bethlehem "are clearing the way to what may eventually be the third intifada." "Once you say that the fight will go on by all means necessary - anyone in their right mind understands that spells an armed conflict." "What I find particularly disturbing is that it's the moderates that plan to have the convention vote on an article titled 'continuing the fight against Israel by all means necessary.' Sixteen years after the Oslo Accords, it's Fatah's way of saying they see an armed conflict as a legitimate way to conduct dialogue with Israel." "The PA's leadership, headed by Abbas, still believes an armed conflict would lead to a Palestinian state," Dichter said. "The chances of any bilateral progress with the Palestinians are practically nonexistent, because they don't know how to follow though (on decisions) for themselves."

2009-08-04 06:00:00

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