Why Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation Will Never Happen

(Gatestone Institute) Khaled Abu Toameh - Hamas has no intention of allowing Abbas' security forces to be stationed in Gaza. The "reconciliation" deal that Abbas signed with Hamas in Cairo in October will never happen. Hamas wants to retain its weapons and security control of Gaza for two reasons: first, it wants the weapons so that it can continue the "armed struggle" against Israel; second, Hamas knows that the moment it hands over security control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority (PA), many of its leaders and members will either be killed or imprisoned by Abbas' security forces. Hamas has spent the last decade arming itself to the teeth. With the help of Iran and other Islamic and Arab terror groups, Hamas smuggled large amounts of weapons into Gaza from Egypt. According to some reports, many missiles and rockets were smuggled during the period when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was in power between June 2012 and July 2013. Some of these were later used to attack Israel. Fortunately for the Palestinians, Israel is sitting between the West Bank and Gaza. Otherwise, Hamas and Abbas loyalists would be dispatching rockets and suicide bombers against each other. Abbas and Hamas have brought their people a new model of the "two-state solution": a Hamas-run emirate in Gaza and a mini-PLO state in the West Bank.

2018-03-30 00:00:00

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