Every time the EU or US talks about Palestinian President Abbas, it is done with such reverence. Almost like they are Kvelling at how good a person he is . “Oy Such a Moderate you never know from” The fact is that the entire quartet has closed their ears to the truth about Abbas, the Fatah movement he leads and their new political partner Hamas.
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Hamas charter still calls for the violent liberation of all of “Palestine” which they consider everything east of the Mediterranean, but the Charter of the moderate Abbas-led Fatah, is just as bad as Hamas’.
by Morton A. Klein
Why the deafening silence on their charters?
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When Yasser Arafat and the PLO signed the Oslo Agreement with Israel in 1993, Israel, the US, other nations and newspaper editorials insisted that it was necessary for the PLO to revoke its Charter with its many clauses calling for Israel’s destruction and the use of terrorism. Until it did this, it was not held to have met a necessary condition for peace. Why, then, is the world not demanding the same charter revocation from Ismail Haniyeh’s Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, which make up the new Palestinian Authority (PA) government?The Hamas and Fatah charters are worse than that of the PLO.One could even argue that the Hamas and Fatah charters are worse than that of the PLO. In its Charter, Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and the murder of Jews (Article 7). It claims to be fighting a world-wide anti-Muslim conspiracy led by Jews and cites in support of its ideology the classic anti-Semitic forgery, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Article 32). It says that it is at war with the non-Muslim world as part of a global campaign of jihad (Introduction), and that Hamas respects and appreciates other jihad movements waging war on non-Muslims (Article 23). In short, it is a totalitarian movement bent on domination and, when it comes to Jews, extermination.Fatah’s Constitution, like that of Hamas, calls to this very day for the destruction of Israel and the eradication of Jewish national existence (Article 12), and for the use of terrorism as an indispensable part of the struggle for that goal (Article 19). In short, its goals are largely similar to those of Hamas and virtually identical to those of the PLO.Hamas and Fatah have backed their words with deeds. Since the start of the Palestinian Arab terrorist wave in September 2000, each group has deliberately murdered nearly 500 Israelis each and maimed thousands more in scores of suicide bombings and hundreds of other terrorist attacks. The numbers would be even larger if not for Israel’s extraordinarily effective police and counter-terrorism efforts.President Bill Clinton himself deemed the PLO Charter cancellation so important a step that, in 1998, he flew to Gaza to attend the meeting at which the Charter was supposedly revoked. That revocation was ambiguous and did not occur in the manner specified by the PLO’s own rules. Nevertheless, the world loudly proclaimed that this crucial step had been achieved.So, why now the deafening silence on the Hamas and Fatah charters from the world today? Because it does not believe that they would ever revoke them and because it does not want a further stumbling block to more Israeli concessions.If that is the case, genuine peace is not possible and therefore Israel should not be pressured into making any new concessions to encourage and strengthen a Hamas-Fatah regime bent on destruction and terrorism, not peace. It also exposes the fact that the world is mindlessly hurtling toward a Palestinian state without considering the consequences of it likely becoming a sovereign terrorist state. In fact, a recent poll shows that Americans believe by an overwhelming majority that such a state would be just such a terrorist state.The requirements that have been asked of Hamas leaders – that they simply verbally declare that they recognize Israel, renounce terrorism and accept past agreements – are insufficient. At a minimum, some concrete action is needed by Hamas and Fatah to give some credence to such words.Indeed, Hamas and Fatah must amend their charters and replace them with new charters, which make it clear that they have completely reformed themselves. As the former
At a minimum, some concrete action is needed….
Canadian Minister for Justice, renowned human rights activist and Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler, has recently and correctly stated, “The first thing that is required of Hamas and Fatah is that both their charters must be changed.”It is time for the US and the world to demand that before there are any further negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas or anyone else in the PA, and before any concessions are considered by Israel, the movements to which PA leaders belong formally renounce and legally abrogate their charters, substituting new ones. The new charters must clearly and publicly accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state, proclaim a commitment to fight terrorism and end incitement to hatred and murder. If they can’t do that, there’s really nothing to talk about.