Terrorists Inc.

Abbas Meshaal

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Today, Fatah and Hamas signed a unit deal in Cairo, representing a coming together of the blatant terrorists with the more subtle-terrorists-in-suits.

The only bone of contention? No, not Hamas’ refusal to recognize Israel (which the PA is just fine with), but rather the seating arrangements.

A draft of the deal was signed Tuesday in Cairo. Wednesday’s ceremony was delayed nearly two hours, apparently due to a last-minute argument over Hamas and Fatah leaders’ seating arrangements. Sources say Abbas refused to allow Mashaal to sit next to him on stage.

Here’s hoping this portends a greater rift, and Hamas and Fatah get back to killing each other soon.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got it right.

Update: More on the tensions at the signing ceremony.

MK Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta’al), who attended the signing of the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday, revealed interesting details about tensions between the Palestinian leaders.

“Before the ceremony an argument broke out between Khaled Mashaal and Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) about who will give the main speech and eventually it was decided that Abu Mazen would be the one to discuss the issues from all angles and Mashaal got the shorter speech,” he told Ynet. According to El-Sana, the two also argued over the new government.

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Wednesday’s ceremony was delayed nearly two hours, apparently due to a last-minute argument over Hamas and Fatah leaders’ seating arrangements. Sources say Abbas refused to allow Mashaal to sit next to him on stage.

Mashaal eventually sat in the front row and not on the main stage. One report claimed that Abbas demanded that he be presented as president of the Palestinian people and not as party chairman.

In other news, Arab MKs were at the ceremony. How do you spell treason?

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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