Traditionally there has been only one difference between Hamas the terrorist group that control’s Gaza, and Fatah, the terrorist group that controls Judea and Samaria. Hamas is open about it terrorist goals, Fatah (controlled by Palestinian President Abbas) tries to maintain a public shroud of “moderation.”
Fatah may be changing its strategy and allowing honesty to shine through. Since Bibi Netanyahu Made his speech offering to sit down and have talks with the Palestinians with no preconditions, there has been no movement toward talks. You see, the Palestinians refuse to talk unless Israel agrees to give them everything they want before negotiations. That doesn’t sound like moderation.
It gets worse. Yesterday a Senior Member of Fatah, the supposedly moderate party run by Palestinian Authority President Abbas, has denied that the party has recognized Israel. He’s right,take a look at these items from the Fatah Constitution:
- Article 7 defines Israel— “the Zionist entity”—as “racial, colonial and aggressive in ideology, goals, organisation and method.”
- Article 12 calls for the “complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence” through violence.
- Article 19 states that “the Palestinian Arab People’s armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.”
- Article 22 puts forth Fatah’s opposition to “any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.
The senior Fatah member Rafik Natsheh, a good friend of President Abbas, also says that the party will NEVER recognize Israel or give up terrorism.
Here’s a radical thought, maybe the POTUS is putting pressure should be pressuring the Palestinians instead of Israel, whose last five Prime Ministers have called for a Palestinian State:
Fatah: No Recognition of Israel – Ever
by Maayana Miskin
(IsraelNN.com) Senior members of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah have announced that their group will never recognize Israel, and will continue to call for war against Israel. “Fatah does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, nor have we ever asked others to do so,” said senior Fatah member Rafik Natsheh, a close associate of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Media reports, according to which Fatah has recognized Israel and has called on Hamas to do the same, are false, Natsheh said in an interview with the pan-Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi. “It’s all media nonsense. We don’t ask other factions to recognize Israel; we ourselves do not recognize Israel,” he said.
Fatah controls the PA in Judea and Samaria, and is the party of Abbas. Unlike the rival breakaway PA led by Hamas in Gaza, the Fatah-led PA has agreed to recognize Israel, although it will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
The PA recognizes Israel because if it did not, it would not be able to “serve the Palestinian people,” Natsheh explained. However, Fatah does not have such constraints.
Not only will Fatah never recognize Israel, but it will never end its call for armed struggle against Israel, he said. “Let those who are deluding themselves hear: this will never happen,” he said.
A second senior Fatah member, Azzam el-Ahmed, agreed that Fatah would not drop its call to wage war on Israel.
Natsheh and Ahmed gave interviews in advance of the Fatah general assembly in early August, in which the organization will meet to discuss its goals and to hold elections. The meeting will be the first in approximately 20 years.