As Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, reaches his tenth year of his four-year term, he has achieved the “impossible,” a brokered “peace.” Abbas has established friendly relations with one of his greatest adversaries, and it is not Israel. For the first time in nearly a decade, the “former” terrorist organization, Fatah, has agreed to form a unity government with the terrorists of Hamas. Considering the fact that Abbas has spent many months attempting to broker peace talks with Israel, this seems like the perfect way to establish peace with the Jewish State.
Hamas and Fatah have been at odds for roughly eight years, following a history of Civil War in which over 600 were killed, more than 1000 were wounded, and cities were reduced to rubble. So much has changed since innocent Palestinians were killed, terrorists bombed terrorists, and cities were destroyed. Now, their previously mutual animosity towards each other has been pushed aside and terrorists have united to kill more innocent Israelis. What has not changed is that Palestinian and Israeli civilians are still casualties of war and rockets continue to damage civilian areas in order to combined forces against the “Zionist entity,” or the Jewish State of Israel.
Not many details are yet known regarding the terrorist government claiming to unite for peace, but one thing is for certain. Ismail Haniyeh, current Prime Minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, said at a rally on Tuesday that Palestinians would now be newly empowered to fight Israel.
“Palestinian reconciliation aims to unite the Palestinian people against the prime enemy, the Zionist enemy. It aims to pursue the choice of resistance and steadfastness,” Haniyeh told supporters in the southern town of Rafah.
The reports further state that the Hamas-built security in Gaza, and Abbas’ Western-armed security forces wouldn’t be reconciled until after elections, yet the armed wing of Hamas known for firing roughly 13000 rockets from Gaza to Israel over the past 10 years, will remain in tact following the vote.
Similar rumors also mentioned that the current Prime Minster Rami al-Hamdallah, Mr. Abbas’ appointee, will be continuing to serve as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority rather than grant that honor to Abbas himself.
As negotiations with Israel remain unmoved and negotiations between terrorists have gone forward, one can understand the fear that Israel as a nation must currently feel. After struggling with the Arab world for 100 years to develop and safely operate the Jewish State, Israel is facing one of its most dangerous enemies to date: the largest conglomerate of internationally recognized terrorist groups on every border.
In Gaza to the west, the armed wing of Hamas is said to be perpetually operational. On the east, in Judea and Samaria, the “newly empowered” security forces of Fatah will be unified with the armed wing of Hamas. In the north, the Lebanese terrorists of Hezbollah continue to arm themselves with over 100,000 rockets ready and armed for an attack on Israel. North East of Lebanon, the Syrian Civil War continues, inching closer to Israel’s border. In the south, Egypt remains in turmoil with the Sinai wrought with terrorist attacks.
Something must change in order for peace to come, and it should not be terrorists uniting together for the destruction of the State of Israel. The region must unite in a joint effort for peace, not a unilateral effort to destroy the Jewish State.
Seth Greenwald is an intern at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle Eastern Reporting in America (CAMERA) and a student at Clark University. Seth can be reached at Sgreenwald@clarku.edu