Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fatah refuses to talk with Hamas. Hmmmm.

Ma'an Arabic reports today that Fatah has rejected any dialogue with Hamas, after Hamas' Haniyeh said that Hamas is ready for immediate talks.

When Israeli right-wingers decide not to talk to terrorists, they are routinely described as "intransigent" and "hardline" and "hawkish." In contrast, the Fatah terrorist leaders that want to keep talking to Israel (to gain more concessions for free) are invariably described as "moderate" and "pragmatic."

Somehow, I don't think we will see these descriptions in this case. When the press is solidly behind one faction, it takes a great deal to dislodge their biases - and the decades of Fatah corruption and terror has barely dented the media's love of that "moderate" group, nor its conviction that Fatah and the PLO are the best leaders of an inevitable future Palestinian Arab state.