Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 15:35 pm CEST
Email Email | Print Print | rss RSS | comments icon Comment |   font decrease font increase

   


Email Email | Print Print

post divider

Wed, April 27, 2011 | Rubin Reports | By Barry Rubin

Chief Fatah negotiator for reconciliation talks Azzam al-Ahmed, left, sits next to Hamas leaders Moussa Abu Marzoug, center, and Mahmoud Al Zahar, right, during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Palestinians have reached initial agreement on reuniting their rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza, officials from both sides said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

 

Fatah-Hamas Agreement: Another Nail in the “Peace Process’s” Coffin

Suddenly, after years of persistent failure, Fatah and Hamas — which means the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas — have signed a detailed reconciliation agreement.

Why now? It’s preparation for the UN and the claim that the PA is sole, legitimate representative of the Palestinians. In exchange for being able to claim it now rules both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Fatah (PA) made huge concessions that it has always refused to give before.

Naturally, the accord will break down. Presumably after the PA gets a lot of support for being an independent country later this year and before projected Palestinian elections in 2012.

Why is Hamas going along with this? Because the deal gives it a lot, including a promise of elections in a year. Hamas won the last elections and presumably is confident — especially as it looks at electoral successes for Hizballah in Lebanon and probably soon for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt — that it will win again.

But there’s also another reason. Hamas is probably quite happy with the idea that many countries — and perhaps the UN — will recognize an independent Palestinian state unconditionally. In other words, there will be a widely, or internationally, accepted Palestine without the need to make peace with Israel. No concessions need be made. The Palestinians will get everything and give up nothing. They will not be bound in any way by border changes or security guarantees. The struggle to wipe Israel off the map can continue.

It’s Hamas’s dream come true.

Anyone who thinks this helps the peace process is deluded. Hamas will never accept any peace agreement with Israel and will radicalize Fatah’s negotiating position out of competition between the two rivals to prove their militancy. The race to commit the most bloody terrorist acts would also intensify.

Make no mistake. Whether or not this development has any direct effect on the ground, it’s another step toward the death of any real Israel-Palestinian peace process.

For a detailed account of the deal: Read this article in the JPost.


About the author,

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal, and a featured columnist for PajamasMedia at http://pajamasmedia.com/barryrubin/. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). The website of the GLORIA Center is http://www.gloria-center.org. His PajamaMedia columns are mirrored and other articles available at http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com/.


4 Comments to “Fatah-Hamas Agreement: Another Nail in the “Peace Process’s” Coffin”

  1. #Fatah-#Hamas Agreement: Another Nail in the “#Peace Process’s” Coffin | #Israel http://j.mp/mOv3kL

  2. avatar ya'akov says:

    RT @CrethiPlethi: #Fatah-#Hamas Agreement: Another Nail in the “#Peace Process’s” Coffin | #Israel http://j.mp/mOv3kL

  3. Fatah-Hamas Agreement: Another Nail in the “Peace Process’s” Coffin | Middle East news, articles, op http://fb.me/A7mhHLj9

  4. avatar Elisabeth says:

    RT @CrethiPlethi: Fatah-Hamas Agreement: Another Nail in the “Peace Process’s” Coffin | Middle East news, articles, op http://fb.me/A7mhHLj9


avatar

Quotes and Sayings

About the Region, Islam and cultural totalitarianism...

    If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

    — Moshe Dayan, Quoted in Newsweek; October 17, 1977

Weather Forecast

Middle East region weather forecast...

CRETHIPLETHI.COM - ONLINE MAGAZINE COVERING the MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL, the ARAB WORLD, SOUTHWEST ASIA and the ISLAMIC MAGHREB - since 2009