Clear Intentions

If they weren’t already clear, Hamas has once again reiterated its goals

Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas must be based on jihad (“holy” war) against Israel.

“The first step [to liberating Jerusalem] is refusal to negotiate with Israel,” Meshaal told participants at an al-Quds conference in Sudan on Sunday, adding that reconciliation between the two factions is “to establish a new, reconciled Palestinian position based on jihad,” AFP reported.

Meshaal said the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have injected new life into Hamas.

“Today we are witnessing Cairo returning to its natural state, after it disappeared from that state for a long time,” the Damascus-based Hamas chief said.

 But that is absolutely no problem for our so-called “peace partners” of the PA.

"That Charlie sure knows how to party"

The Palestinian Authority said Monday it wants Hamas removed from international terror lists so it can join the PA in a unity government.

After meeting in Cairo with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, PA negotiator Nabil Shaath said he broached the issue with several governments during a visit of European Union capitals, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“We are seeking to have Hamas removed from the list of terror organizations,” Shaath said. “We want EU countries to recognize a Palestinian unity government that would include Hamas and other factions.”

Shaath said the Fatah faction was eager to end its dispute with Hamas, the Post said Sunday.

“The current circumstances require us to reorganize our Palestinian home,” he added. “I have announced several times that we have accepted the Egyptian (reconciliation) initiative. We have agreed to a national unity government (with Hamas) that would implement the Egyptian document and prepare for elections.”

Shaath was referring to an Egyptian reconciliation plan presented in 2009 to Hamas and Fatah.

Former PA Foreign Minister Shaath said a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation would embolden a “Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.”

Why the international community insists that Israel should negotiate with the PA, and why they think we are the ones who are not pursuing peace may make sense to Charlie Sheen , but it sure as hell makes no sense to me.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media