Written by Dani Reshef
June 8, 2008
by Dani Reshef
Although there is a substantial deference between Fatah and Hamas about the basic strategy toward Israel, there is no difference as to the interpretation of the "right of return". Both parties declared several times in public that the "right of return" means that all the refugees from 1948 or their descendants should return to their homes in their villages and be compensated for the suffering they endured in the last 60 years.
It is not the first time that the Palestinian president threatens Israel and USA, that if there will be no progress on the core issues according to the Palestinian guidelines, he will resume talks with the Hamas, which is fully committed to the destruction of Israel (FATAH-TALKS). Some right wing commentators in Israel claim that Mahmoud Abbas offers Israel to destroy itself through the political process with the Fatah or through the military confrontation with the Hamas.
Despite his previous declarations not to speak with Hamas unless they return Gaza Strip to the hands of the Fatah after Hamas took over Gaza a year ago in 06/2007, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has called, on 06/05/2008, for renewed dialogue with Hamas, which was immediately welcomed by Hamas PM in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh.
Indeed Fatah and Hamas delegates have met one after the other, on 06/07/2008, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade in Dakar, Senegal's capital in a first round of mediation.
The talks came amide confusion in Israel about the daily shelling of Israeli civilians from Gaza Strip. Israel is facing herself a dilemma whether to negotiate with Hamas a cease fire deal and, through the talks to legitimize the Hamas as the sovereign power of Gaza, or launch a massive military attack with uncertain outcome (Gaza-talks).
Through the talks with Hamas Mahmoud Abbas signals Israel that the option of military Israeli reoccupation of Gaza and then, in the second stage, to hand over Gaza to the Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas is not on the table. If Israel will invade Gaza she will bear alone the burden of all the consequences - Fatah will not be a part of the solution and legitimize the Israeli invasion to Gaza. The new policy of Mahmoud Abbas is that the Fatah - Hamas conflict is a Palestinian internal affair and not a subject for Israeli interference.
SOURCE: Global Jihad