Monday, November 28, 2011

Hamas again emphasizes "armed resistance;" Fatah tacitly agrees

From Ma'an:

Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan said Sunday that armed resistance remains a strategic option for Palestinians, while affirming that popular action was also an integral part of challenging Israel's policies.

Radwan told Ma'an: "All aspects of resistance are open and permissible and open to us."

But he stressed that it is the Palestinian factions who must decide on the ways to challenge Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.

The comments come after Islamic Jihad said on Sunday it would support a Palestinian consensus on strategies to resist the occupation, but on condition that popular actions do not become a substitute for armed resistance.

After Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal and Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas met in Cairo on Thursday to progress implementation of a unity deal between the two largest political parties, the leaders said they were united in their approach to the Palestinian cause.
As we have shown countless times before, even the so-called "moderates" of Fatah and the PA have not once denounced terrorism on moral grounds, but only because it was counterproductive at that time. But if they decide it is desirable again, terrorism is back on the table.

Meaning that there is no difference between Fatah and Hamas in terms of "resistance."

Indeed, in that aspect, they are united.