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Sure. Yeah. Uh-huh. I believe that one. June 23, 2007

Posted by Jim Satterfield in The Middle East.

The New York Times reports on how the always reasonable and reliable leaders of Hamas are reaching out to Fatah to re-create a power-sharing government. While Fatah is very, very far from being an organization of saints or even potential members of MENSA apparently the old saw about “fool me once” has sunken in to their heads.

I know that there are those who call the United States and others hypocritical for cutting off aid to Palestinians that flowed through the Palestinian Authority when the Palestinians voted Hamas into power but I consider it reasonable for there to be consequences when you vote a group into power whose primary goal, written into their founding charter is to destroy an ally of ours. Hamas has no interest in ceasing its terrorist activities or conceding Israel’s right to exist, whatever the result of Palestinian elections might be. So for the Western nations who consider themselves friends of Israel to react negatively to them being voted into power was inevitable and should have been foreseen by other Palestinians.



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