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Daily Israel Report

Hamas Awaiting Fatah's Collapse

The Hamas chapter in Hevron says that the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority government must "not be talked with, but rather gotten rid of."
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 10/2/2008, 2:39 PM

The Hamas chapter in Hevron (Hebron) - a city largely under the control of the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority - says that the Fatah government must "not be talked with, but rather gotten rid of."

In a declaration issued by the terrorist organization branch office in Hevron, Hamas states that the collapse of the Fatah regime in Judea and Samaria is "just a matter of time."  So reports the Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq al-Aussat.

About 100 people were killed in June 2007 when Hamas took over control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah. Hamas has set the destruction of Israel as its goal, and has carried out some of the worst terrorist slaughters against Israel over the past 15 years.

The Hamas charter states, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it... There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."

Hamas in Yesha?
The consequences of a Hamas regime in Judea and Samaria (Yesha) for the nearly 300,000 Jews living there, as well as for the additional hundreds of thousands living within rocket-range of these areas, can therefore only be guessed.

The latest Hamas declaration comes in anticipation of a planned "Palestinian national dialogue" session in Cairo.  The Hamas chapter in Hevron calls on Hamas leaders not to take part, saying, "Fatah should be overthrown, not talked with."

Hamas Demands Release of all Prisoners, and More
"All previous talks with the Palestinian Authority have not helped at all," the declaration stated.  The Hamas terrorist branch office in Hevron says that if Fatah wants dialogue with Hamas, it must first release the Hamas prisoners, re-open Hamas charity insitutions, and remove all restrictions from Hamas activities.

In the Palestinian Authority elections in January 2006, Hamas won a majority of the PA legislature, including every single seat from the city of Hevron.