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Truth Emerges in Hamas-Fatah Draft Agreement

A draft of a new Hamas-Fatah deal reveals the two are in agreement despite Western assumptions that Fatah is a moderate force in the Palestinian Authority.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 2/5/2007, 3:06 PM / Last Update: 2/5/2007, 5:00 PM

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has been termed by Israeli and Western leaders as a moderate, agreed to every principle demanded by Hamas.

The document, published Monday in the Saudi Arabian newspaper Ukhaz, rejects the United States Road Map peace plan that calls for interim borders for a future PA state.

In its current form, the agreement:

• States the objective of a unity government will be the creation of an independent Arab nation with Jerusalem as its capital.
• “Opposition to the temporary borders and all other solutions that do not fulfill the national legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.”
• Calls for the “right of return” of millions of Arabs living in other countries who claim Israel as home.
• Demands that the separation barrier be removed.
• Demands that “all prisoners in Israel be released unconditionally."

No mention was made of the future recognition of Israel, even if all the demands are met.

The terms of the agreement allow Hamas to retain control of the PA government, but also allow Abbas to proceed on negotiations with Israel. The agreement also states that the Hamas-led PA government will officially recognize prior agreements.

In essence, Hamas will accept government decisions without the necessity of altering the terrorist faction’s ultimate aim of the destruction of the State of Israel.

Talks between the Hamas and Fatah factions will be hosted by the Saudi Arabian government later this week in Mecca. The meeting is expected to result in a unity coalition after several broken ceasefires and fierce clashes between the two terrorist groups in Gaza.

At least 28 PA residents have died and 230 people have been wounded in the most recent round of violence in the year-long battle for control of the PA.