Hamas-Fat'h Reconciliation: A Great Day for
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, April 28, 2011
Much to the chagrin of the hateful Zionist entity, Hamas and
Fat'h seem to have reached a final agreement, putting an end to four
years of a crippling national rift which exhausted the Palestinian
people as never before and gave Israel a valuable opportunity to try
liquidate the Palestinian cause.
News of the agreement has
already generated instantaneous reactions of excitement and joy, even
euphoria in the occupied territories.
Motorists honked their
car horns, youngsters took to the streets shouting "Fat'h and Hamas: one
people not two." Some women ululated with joy as Fat'h and Hamas leaders
appeared on TV screens in Cairo, announcing the conclusion of the
long-awaited agreement. Some restaurants and eateries offered free
coffee, tea and juices as celebrations went on until around midnight.
On the Israeli side, Israeli leaders were visibly angry and
disappointed, with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyah threatening the
Palestinian leadership with what looked like a virtual ultimatum:
"The PA would have to choose between peace with Hamas and peace with
Israel. It can't choose both."
One Fat'h official retorted: "We
also say Israel would have to choose between peace with the Palestinian
people and peace with racist settlers, it can't choose both."
Well, Netanyahu's threats should be rejected outright and treated with
the utter contempt they deserve.
After all, this is an internal
Palestinian matter and Israel has absolutely no right to intervene in
our internal affairs.
Netanyahu may argue that Hamas doesn't
recognize Israel. Well, Netanyahu should be reminded that he presides
over a government the bulk of which doesn't recognize Palestine.
In the final analysis, why should Hamas, or for that matter Fat'h,
recognize Israel when Israel refuses to recognize the very existence of
the Palestinian people.
So, if the next Palestinian government
of national unity shouldn't include groups that don't recognize Israel,
by the same token, Palestinians have the right to demand that any
Israeli government must exclude groups and parties that don't recognize
the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
say, the current Israeli government includes explicitly fascist parties
that don't even recognize the very existence of the Palestinian people.
The conclusion of the reconciliation agreement in Cairo has really
dealt a sharp blow to nefarious Zionist designs. Israel first lost a
great strategic asset in the dramatic downfall of the Mubarak dynasty
and now we have these good tidings from Cairo. More good news is
coming up, inshallah (God willing).
Netanyahu and other Zionist
supremacists may rant and rave for as long as they may. This shouldn't
shake even one hair on our bodies.
None the less, we must not
be too preoccupied with self-congratulating ourselves on this auspicious
occasion. Yes there is no doubt that the present that both Hamas
and Fat'h have handed over to the Palestinian people is great.
However, we must work overtime to rectify and correct all that went
wrong during these gloomy four years. Prisoners or detainees must be set
free, media incitement must end immediately, closed institutions must be
reopened; and human rights and civil liberties must be reinstituted.
Also grievances must be settled and hard feelings soothed and
In short, we must get the slate clean as soon as
possible and allow for the total obliteration of all the scars of
In this agreement, there seems to be only winners.
Everyone is winning as a result of this breakthrough except Israel and
the enemies of our people.
Hamas has won by having all its
conditions and objections met. We must not forget that Hamas was
supposed to be destroyed according to the American-Zionist designs; so
the fact that Hamas has remained a hard, independent variable is indeed
a great achievement. This proves that not everything Palestinian must be
subject to the Zionist will.
Fat'h has also won by showing
Israel that Fatah won't be co-opted and manipulated against Palestinian
national interest. Fatah won by demonstrating that it will remain a
national and patriotic movement despite American and Israeli designs.
And the Palestinian people has won by overcoming one of the most
formidable internal crises ever to mar the Palestinian struggle
for freedom from the claws of diabolic Zionism.
also thank our big Arab state, Egypt, without which the conclusion of
this agreement wouldn't have been possible. The revolutionary
leadership in Cairo must be applauded for its tireless efforts and
dedication to bring about this paramount national reconciliation among
the brothers in Palestine. This should be a good omen for the future.
Finally, we Palestinians should instill in ourselves a
feeling of optimism. The restoration of Palestinian national unity,
along with the strategic changes in the Arab region, is huge assets and
opportunities that should be utilized for the ultimate liberation of
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