As predicted, the new united terrorist government of Palestine will not recognize the right of the state of Israel to exist as democratic Jewish nation. In the press you can see the headlines “Israel unsure about agreement,” or “Israel frosty about the agreement”. It kind of makes you want to hijack a TV network just so you can scream across the world, “HEY WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF IT WAS YOUR KIDS?” Would you be “frosty” if there was a merger of two terrorist organizations that wanted to kill your family? Would you be unsure if they refused to recognize that your country had the right to exist? What if both groups had destroying your county as part of their constitutions? I am so tired of reading the press reports. How soon before the Idiots at the EU start funding the bombs and guns again?
It almost as if the world things that Jews are less then human. To Quote Shakespeare:
If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:23 AM ET
By Nidal al-MughrabiAhmed Youssef said the unity government, which he expected Haniyeh to unveil within 10 days, would “respect” previous Palestinian peace accords with Israel but would not be committed to them, nor to recognizing the Jewish state.Recognition of Israel is one of three conditions set by the “Quartet” of international Middle East negotiators for lifting sanctions on the Hamas-led government. The Quartet also demands Hamas renounce violence and accept existing peace deals.”The issue of recognition was not addressed at all (in Mecca),” Youssef said.”In the platform of the new government there will be no sign of recognition (of Israel), regardless of the pressures the United States and the Quartet would exert.”By Steven Erlanger
JERUSALEM The agreement in Mecca between Fatah and Hamas on how to form a unity government was greeted with relief by many Palestinians on Friday, as their best hope for an end to the fighting that has killed 100 Palestinians since December. But the details of a government remain unfinished and its program vague. While the United States, Israel and most European countries were cautious in their first reactions, it was clear that this new government, should it be formed, will not meet the international community’s three benchmarks for normal relations. In that sense, the meeting was a success for Hamas, whose spokesmen took time Friday to proudly discuss their unwillingness to meet all three conditions: to recognize the right of Israel to exist, to forswear violence and to accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. The deal will present a dilemma for the United States, which will have to work hard to keep unity in the Quartet — the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations — on the need for a new government to accept all three conditions to qualify for direct budget support. The United States will also be reluctant to dismiss what the Saudis have accomplished, given Washington’s interest in creating a broader moderate Arab coalition, including Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf countries, to confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional reach. Hamas has appealed for talks with the Europeans. Western nations “cannot ignore this agreement and impose their own conditions,” said Ghazi Hamad, spokesman for the Hamas government. “The European Union should open a dialogue with this new government and this is the only way to have stability in the region.” If reports are confirmed that the Saudis promised a new government $1 billion in aid, much of the West’s leverage on Hamas will disappear. With a monthly budget of about $185 million, $120 million of which is salaries, a new Hamas-led government, which also has some internal tax receipts and external support from Iran and other countries, would have about a year of grace. President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, pressed by Washington, wanted a new Hamas-led government to accept previous agreements, on the basis of which the Palestinian Authority itself exists. But Hamas, which will dominate the new government, agreed only to “respect” the agreements, not to accept them. The new government does not promise to stop attacks on Israel and Israelis in the name of “resistance to occupation,” although one of the documents in the agreement urges Palestinians to “focus” attacks on Israeli-occupied areas that are outside the 1967 boundary lines. As for recognizing Israel, a spokesman for Hamas, Nizar Rayyan, was explicit. “We will never recognize Israel,” he told Reuters in Gaza. “There is nothing called Israel, neither in reality nor in the imagination.” Another Hamas spokesman, Ismail Radwan, said: “The position of Hamas is well-known: nonrecognition of the Zionist entity.” He added: “The government is not requested to recognize the occupation.” For Abbas, aides said, the most important aim of the Mecca meeting was to stop the bloodletting, which was humiliating to Palestinians and to the Arab and other governments that support them. An aide to Abbas, Sufian Abu Zaida, a former Fatah minister of prisoners, said: “The main goal of this agreement is to save Palestinian blood. If they succeed in this, it’s a successful meeting. But in the long run, if they can’t end the economic and political siege, there is no guarantee that the government will last very long.” But Abbas also looked weak, put by the Saudis in a position of symbolic equality with Khaled Meshal, the exiled Hamas political leader, and unable to produce an agreement on the international requirements. A new government would also mean that Abbas’s threat to call early legislative and presidential elections will be hollow. Abbas had also insisted that Fatah would not take posts in any new government, but in fact Fatah will take six positions, most of them relatively minor except for the job of deputy prime minister, which probably will be filled by Muhammad Dahlan. Hamas will also continue to control the Interior Ministry through a so-called independent figure nominated by Hamas. Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said the Israeli government insists that a new government meet “all three international benchmarks.” But a formal response would not come until after Israel consults allies and the cabinet meets Sunday as usual, she said. The French welcomed the deal, which displeased Washington, but a spokeswoman for the European Union, Emma Udwin, was cautious, saying that all parties agreed “to take the time to consider, to see what the agreement is and how it is going to be implemented” before deciding on whether to lift the embargo on direct aid. Another Israeli official, who was granted anonymity, said many difficult issues were unresolved, including Hamas’s demands for reform of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and who might fill particular cabinet posts. The official also suggested that if Washington sees Abbas as compromised by the agreement — brought closer to Hamas, rather than Hamas brought closer to him — “it could have repercussions” for his planned summit meeting on Feb. 19 with Olmert, to be led by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
But no one expects serious peace negotiations with Olmert and Abbas so weakened politically. The United States warned Abbas about the dangers of a unity government headed by Hamas. And if the Saudis do provide large sums, the Israeli official said, “it could mean that the moderate Arab aid boycott of Hamas is over.” Tzachi Hanegbi, who leads the Israeli Parliament’s defense committee, said that Abbas “failed completely and awarded a significant victory to Hamas.” As a result, he said on Israel Radio, “the chance of advancing an effective initiative and an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians has receded.”
Saudi Arabia, for its part, emerged as a winner for hosting the meeting, taking responsibility for the Palestinian cause and lessening the influence of Shiite Iran on Hamas. Hamas emerged as a winner for sticking to its refusal to bow to Western demands and recognize Israel, renounce “resistance” or accept previous agreements like the 1993 Oslo accords, while coopting Fatah into the “unity” government Hamas wanted and short-circuiting any threat of early elections.