Thursday, January 13, 2011

PA official accuses Hamas of being too peaceful

From Ma'an:
Spokesperson for the Palestinian security services in the Major General Adnan Dmeiri criticized Hamas on Wednesday, saying its leaders were adopting a two-faced and inconsistent policy, by calling for calm in Gaza and "escalating conditions" in the West Bank.

"Israel gets a free-of-charge calm," Dmeiri said, referring to a series of urgent talks the party held with militant groups on Wednesday to pass on a warning from Arab leaders about firing rockets at Israel.

The meeting at a Gaza City hotel came just days after Hamas said it would ensure militant factions obeyed a national consensus truce on rocket fire, following weeks of rising tensions along the border with Israel.

"Hamas considers calm an accomplishment in Gaza, but a crime in the West Bank," the official said in a statement, accusing the party of stepping up work against the Palestinian Authority with one hand, just as it deescalates in Gaza.

He said the move was one trying to evade national conciliation.
The "moderate" PA is criticizing Hamas' decision to avoid conflict with Israel. And not for the first time, either.

Just more proof that the PA doesn't regard peace as a goal, but rather as a tactic. Within that strategy, they welcome Hamas' unofficial role as "bad cop" and slam Hamas when they go off-script.

And the ultimate goal is anything but peaceful, at least if you are a Jew who happens to live in Israel.