Hamas, Palestinian Authority meet in Cairo to form unity government

posted at 1:00 pm on February 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Good news, or disaster?  Perhaps the venue will give us a hint:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday began a three-day visit to Cairo where he is scheduled to hold talks with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and representatives of several Palestinian groups on the formation of a Palestinian unity government and the implementation of the Qatar-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas. …

On the eve of the Abbas-Mashaal meeting, Hamas announced that its leaders have agreed to end their differences over the Qatari-brokered reconciliation pact.

Hamas’s “political bureau” announced following a meeting in the Egyptian capital its support for the reconciliation accord, Ezat Risheq, a senior Hamas official, said.

On the good news side, this gives the Israelis one entity with which to negotiate on a peace settlement.  The armed wing of Hamas is reportedly unhappy with the deal, especially since it means that Abbas becomes the Prime Minister of the united Palestinian Authority.  If the armed wing of Hamas is unhappy, then the conventional wisdom would be that Israel should be happy, or at least not unhappy.

However, the one piece of good news — having one entity as a negotiating partner — only matters if the negotiating partner is serious about peace.  There has been no indication that Hamas will ever accept a two-state solution under any circumstances, even if Abbas as leader of Fatah paid lip service to the notion.   Indeed, the leaders in Cairo endorsed the deal with the proviso that the pact exists “accurately and faithfully on the basis of preserving the legitimate rights of the Palestinians and the resistance in driving the occupation away from Palestine.”  That is not even code for armed struggle for destroying Israel; it’s almost explicit if one understands that “occupation” in Palestinian communiqués always refers to Israel.

Unity brings other issues to the forefront.  When Hamas has attacked Israel with rockets or kidnaping excursions from Gaza, Israel could separate that from their relationship with the West Bank.  In a unity government, that will no longer be possible.  Will Abbas put an end to rocket attacks on Sderot and Ashkelon from Gaza, and an end to ambushes of Israeli soldiers?  If not, any potential conflict from those provocations could easily engulf the West Bank as well as Gaza.  Unless Hamas has agreed to end its terrorism, Abbas just signed up the entire PA as the responsible party in the next conflict.

So has Hamas agreed to diplomacy and negotiation with Israel?  Having their conference hosted in Cairo, at the center of power for the Muslim Brotherhood, does not hint in that direction.


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What happens next?

Reclaim “Palestine” west to the sea.

Paul-Cincy on February 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Beck was right again.

VegasRick on February 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Hamas, Palestinian Authority meet in Cairo to form unity government
…sounds like something the anti-Semitic OBOZO regime would want to join.

TeaPartyNation on February 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

At least it’s in the open now. Now wait for islamists in several other nations to form a “unity government” with each other.

elfman on February 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Yes, not to worry! After all, that land for peace thing, has always worked so well.

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Beck was right again.

VegasRick on February 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Oh no,… Beck’s a “wackjob”, a “kook”, “jumped the shark”, ect…
/s

elfman on February 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

So has Hamas agreed to diplomacy and negotiation with Israel?

Hamas (Arabic: حماس‎ Ḥamās, “enthusiasm”, an acronym of حركة المقاومة الاسلامية Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah, “Islamic Resistance Movement”)

Hmmm. Doubtful. They’d have to change their organization acronym to something like “Islamic Peace Movement”. Funny how Islam translates to “submit” but they want to “resist”.

Paul-Cincy on February 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Both the Hamas charter and the PLO charter call for the elimination of Israel…what sort of peace are we talking about here from this new unity government?

NotCoach on February 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

How many hundreds of billions will be thrown at these lovers of peace, by Obamuh?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Sounds like its time to send the entire bunch back to where they came from, Jordan. Its a short walk/drive for most of them.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Does Hamas know that in english their name is real close to pigbutt?

Flange on February 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

The armed wing of the Muslim Brotherhood *is* Hamas. That’s in their own charter.

Talking about the political wing, and militant wings of the militant wing of Muslim Brotherhood is a silly game. It’s just the Muslim Brotherhood’s PLO under many guises.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Sounds like its time to send the entire bunch back to where they came from, Jordan. Its a short walk/drive for most of them.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

You’re gonna make Jordan throw them out, again?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Can we bomb them both together into Stone Age now?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Can we bomb them both together into Stone Age now?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

These savages love the stone age. “Urban renewal,” for them, is moving the piles of rubble and dead bodies around.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Hmmm. Doubtful. They’d have to change their organization acronym to something like “Islamic Peace Movement”. Funny how Islam translates to “submit” but they want to “resist”.

Paul-Cincy on February 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

You’re not an expert on Arabic language, I see. The word ‘Islam’ is often interpreted as ‘submission’ but it could be also translated as ‘subjugation’.

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

What a heartwarming story, the rat lies down with the maggot.

NoDonkey on February 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

These savages love the stone age. “Urban renewal,” for them, is moving the piles of rubble and dead bodies around.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Well, I’m still a reserve solider for the army that will gladly do the “urban renovation” for them. But first, we need to get rid of Democrats on both sides of the Atlantic. When can that lunar base Newt talked about be made ready?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Next? I think they start shooting each other.

FineasFinn on February 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Three years into this presidency, the total number of arab states that fear the United States, it’s resolve and it’s military might:

Ozero.

fogw on February 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Sounds like its time to send the entire bunch back to where they came from, Jordan. Its a short walk/drive for most of them.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

You’re gonna make Jordan throw them out, again?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Sure, why not? Back to Kurdish/Iraq territories where they came from in the first place when British Empire did the “land divide”. Better yet, they should all be dropped in front of British Parliament building, let Brits resolve the crap they created. Palestinians won’t even have to adapt that much in any case, most of UK is now Sharia law and Arabic is commonplace.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Well, I’m still a reserve solider for the army that will gladly do the “urban renovation” for them. But first, we need to get rid of Democrats on both sides of the Atlantic. When can that lunar base Newt talked about be made ready?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I like your idea, but you approach is wrong. We ship the liberals to the Moon along with building supplies, they will build the land of their dreams, no need to wait for us to build for them.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

No state for you!

sadsushi on February 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Did they say Palestinians and really mean Paulestinians? Um…sorry…just couldn’t resist. But seriously:

Unless Hamas has agreed to end its terrorism, Abbas just signed up the entire PA as the responsible party in the next conflict. – Cap’n Ed

I hope this is exactly what has happened. If they want statehood for a fake made up State and people, then they need to see what the real responsibilities and consequences will be.

oldroy on February 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Israel, the US and Quartet have clearly defined steps and requirements for Hamas’ participation in any talks regarding peace.

Israel will not neogtiate with Hamas, an entity that as Ed points out calls for our destruction. This is a move to end the peace process, and revive the push for a unilateral state through the UN.
Israel’s position has been clear. Abbas can choose Hamas, or he can choose peace. He cannot choose both.

saus on February 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Wonder if this news has anything to do with the fact Bibi is to come visit with bho next month? Could this be a carrot to Bibi to cave and do as bho wants? I know Bibi is way way too smart to think anything bho says it the truth, ever! Don’t cave Bibi. God be with you and Israel.
L

letget on February 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

What worries me is that Iran is behind all of this and will now attempt to have another intifada to keep Israel busy. I just hope that Israel will deal with this better this time around, they really need to put their foot down with strong military strikes when needed.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Can we bomb them both together into Stone Age now?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Obama did say he was going to reduce our nuclear arsenal by up to 80%.

tomg51 on February 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Shouldn’t be too much longer now.

I hope everyone at HotGas has their supplies of food, water, and other sundries laid in already. If not, get on it immediately. Remember, while there’s a minimum 7-days per person recommended for natural disasters (30-days minimum per person is optimal)… there is no recommended minimum for man-made disasters.

If you want to get a rough idea just how vulnerable you are where you live, that is if you happen to be at or near home when the proverbial s**t hits the fan, you can get a fairly good idea HERE.

Good luck.

SD Tom on February 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Obama did say he was going to reduce our nuclear arsenal by up to 80%.

tomg51 on February 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

As much as I support the idea, that entire area is too small for nuclear weapons’ use.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The new PA:
- has had no elections
- is, by uniting with Hamas, a sponsor of terror
- is uniting with a group that did not and has never accepted the Oslo accords

By uniting without dissolving Hamas entirely, the Palestinians have torn up the Oslo Accords and indicated that they do not wish for peace. Israel is thus within its full rights to now reclaim what it gave through the Oslo Accords; namely, full military and civil control of Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza.

May God allow us to wipe the terrorists off the face of the Earth so that we can finally live in peace.

solatic on February 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Right of return and establishing the 1967 borders as the basis of dealing with the occupied territories pretty much means that any idea of negotiation is dead before it begins.

Sadly, Obama has proven to side with the terrorists over the Israel as when he openly supported the 1967 borders concept which is utterly indefensible and would cut Israel in half.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The armed wing of Hamas is reportedly unhappy

Could have stopped that sentence there.

Then you can copy and paste it from now until the end of the age.

mankai on February 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Well, I’m still a reserve solider for the army that will gladly do the “urban renovation” for them. But first, we need to get rid of Democrats on both sides of the Atlantic. When can that lunar base Newt talked about be made ready?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I like your idea, but you approach is wrong. We ship the liberals to the Moon along with building supplies, they will build the land of their dreams, no need to wait for us to build for them.

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

A lunar colony would be far too valuable to us to allow libs to screw it up. I say Spice Mines of Kessel.

trigon on February 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Can we bomb them both together into Stone Age now?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Bombing them to the Stone Age is too good for them. Send them back to 1 Mil BC.

nobar on February 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Until hamas agrees to Isreals peceful existence there will never be any kind of valid agreement.

gerrym51 on February 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

There’s a match made in hell.

sage0925 on February 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Hamas, Palestinian Authority meet in Cairo to form unity government: what happens next?

Civil war, if the past is any indication. I hope. Let them concentrate on killing each other for a while. They have no intention of giving up on killing Israelis. Ever.

smellthecoffee on February 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Bombing them to the Stone Age is too good for them. Send them back to 1 Mil BC.

nobar on February 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

1,000,000 B.C. is Stone Age, buddy. No Raquel Welch for them, too. Just camels.

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

What could go wrong?

vcferlita on February 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

1,000,000 B.C. is Stone Age, buddy. No Raquel Welch for them, too. Just camels.

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

What a babe. When I first saw Fantastic Voyage, back in the day, I wanted to be an antibody when I grew up.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

This is what happens.

JohnJ on February 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

O/T
Newts radio promos have FINALLY hit the Ohio airwaves!
Go Newt!!!!!!!!”

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

O/T
Newts radio promos have FINALLY hit the Ohio airwaves!
Go Newt!!!!!!!!”

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Too bad so many can’t understand what he’s saying, and has been saying for some time now. Better listen to RINOs, err, self described “conservatives” such as Coulter, Rove, Rubio, etc, only they know what’s good for us…

riddick on February 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

What happens next? Obama and the EU start to pressure Israel to negotiate with the newly formed terrorist entity, to make concessions as a ‘goodwill gesture’. Allthewhile ignoring Haniyeh’s speech last week in Iran (Hamas will never recognize Israel, never give up violence), and ignoring the incitement to genocide by the Mufti appointed by the ‘moderate’ Abbas. They will continue to pretend that the ‘unity’ government is NOT only about the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, and continue to ignore the fact that the text of the bid refers to the 1947 partition plan’s proposed borders and not the 1949 armistice lines which many mistakenly call the ’1967 borders’.

ProfessorMiao on February 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Hamas and Fatah agree on the core issues:

a) Reclaim all of Israel
b) Kill all jews everywhere

All they bicker about is who is in charge and how to do this.

How cute they are doing it at the MB HQ – their spiritual grandparents house.

CorporatePiggy on February 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

And the punch line is that the US taxpayers pay these monkeys to at government

Look at the sharp suits they where yet have done nothing to fill them

Sort of like our prez

Sonosam on February 22, 2012 at 3:34 PM

What happens next?

Dead Israelis, I’d wager.

jnelchef on February 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM

This is likely to be one of Taranto’s ‘what could go wrong’ headlines.

slickwillie2001 on February 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

What happens next?

Ed Morrissey on Feb 22, 2012 1:00 PM

I’ve been warning you for the last few years to grab your Bible and turn to Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 because right there in the Bible in Ezekiel chapter 38 the Bible speaks about a nation coming from the north of Israel (it’s Russia) and it describes various aspects of this great nation and that it’s going to arm an Islamic alliance and attack Israel in the last days and surprise suprise a few weeks ago Russia warned Israel and the West that an attack on Iran would be considered an attack on Russia pushing a major prophecy toward fulfillment! So, that’s one of the things that coming up next. Thx.

apocalypse on February 22, 2012 at 4:11 PM

“Wonder if this news has anything to do with the fact Bibi is to come visit with bho next month?
letget on February 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM”

It’s been in the works for a year now. They agreed to unify, then they’d have a falling out, and it’s been on and off every other week.

Meanwhile…unreported…. Hamas has been blacking out Gaza to create a humanitarian crises, and it’s working.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Pity.
Their goes the three state solution.

Count to 10 on February 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

And the punch line is that the US taxpayers pay these monkeys to PLAY government

Sonosam on February 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Khamenei, who has final say on all state matter in Iran, also said that Western powers know “we are not seeking nuclear weapons because the Islamic Republic of Iran considers possession of nuclear weapons a sin … and believes that holding such weapons is useless, harmful and dangerous.”

Perhaps there is some information lost in translation, but one can only assume from this statement that Khamenei subscribes to the General Sline (of “Spies Like Us“) school of weaponology .. “A weapon unused is a useless weapon.

J_Crater on February 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Oh, for a neutron bomb – or three!

OldEnglish on February 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

What happens next?

Well, one thinks of the famous question, “is this good for the Jews?” And one fears, לֹא.

By the way, this atheist goy has been brushing his long-neglected classical Hebrew off and has just started learning modern Hebrew. And it’s awesome! (!זֶה עָצוּם)

Tzetzes on February 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Tzetzes on February 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Sorry, it’s all backwards, to me.

OldEnglish on February 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

OldEnglish on February 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

That’s all right: just as long as you don’t say it’s “all Greek” to you. (What a groaner, and people seem not to remember that that’s when Casca is playing dumb.)

Tzetzes on February 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Tzetzes on February 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Hah! Middle English text always reminds me of early Rowan Atkinson, for some reason. :)

OldEnglish on February 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Can we bomb them both together into Stone Age now?

Archivarix on February 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Bombing them to the Stone Age is too good for them. Send them back to 1 Mil BC.

nobar on February 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

They don’t deserve to see the dinos. Bomb them back to the Volcanic age. Probably the closest they’ll ever come to Allah’s desires for them.

The Nerve on February 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM