Tag Archives: Fatah

Hamas’ Diplomatic Wing Taking Flight

Hamas is training its own diplomatic corps. As Reuters points out, this would end the PLO’s monopoly on representing the Palestinians in global forums. It deepens Palestinian divisions. And it damages an otherwise sure-thing statehood bid in the UN General Assembly. So if you support the idea that Israel and the West should engage Hamas,

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Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Rose-colored glasses are de rigueur in the Christian Science Monitor newsroom. With the US engaging the Taliban,  this Monitor staff-ed wants to apply similar logic to Israel and Hamas: President Obama was smart not to follow the example of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned against the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal. If the United States is willing to

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Time’s “Popular” Disconnect

Popular can mean a lot of things, but one thing it does not mean is “peaceful.” Therein lies the confusion for correspondent Karl Vick. You can imagine him wearing rose colored glasses as he wrote up this assessment of Hamas/Fatah unity talks for Time. Afterwards both met the cameras smiling. “There are no differences between

4 Snippets You Might Have Missed

Khaled Abu Toameh on Hamas vs. Fatah: In the eyes of Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad are also “traitors” because they have agreed — at least in English and in public — to recognize Israel’s right to exist. If Abbas and Fayyad were to stand trail before a court on all what Hamas has

The Guardian Was Right to Publish The PaliLeaks

Jonathan Freedland’s column defending The Guardian’s decision to publish the Palestine papers is a sign that The Guardian’s pro-Israel (and now pro-Palestinian) critics are talking past the editorial staff and barking up the wrong tree. Do the PaliLeaks reveal anything new? Oh yeah. I have to disagree with Noah Pollak on this point. The leaks tell me that there’s a

Rounding Up the Reax to PaliLeaks

A collection of what’s being said about the sturm und drang of the Palestinian Papers published in The Guardian: Elliott Abrams: Third, what some newspapers are calling “offers” or “agreements” made in the 2007-2008 negotiations are far less than that–are in fact most often preliminary probes or efforts to smoke out the other side. The Israelis

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