Despite outgoing President Shimon Peres's protestations Tuesday that Fatah wants peace and Hamas wants terror, Fatah seems to disagree;
On Wednesday the faction of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared it and Hamas share "one goal."
A post on the official Facebook page of Abbas's Fatah faction on Wednesday showed a picture of terrorists in the military wings of Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, featuring the words "brothers-in-arms: one G-d, one homeland, one enemy, one goal."
Fatah recently signed a unity agreement with Hamas, and the statement shows Fatah's full support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad's ongoing rocket barrage on Israeli civilian centers, after roughly 120 rockets were fired from Gaza on Tuesday, hitting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The post, translated and exposed by Palestinian Media Watch, can be seen here:
The picture shows terrorists from Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Hamas's Izz A-Din Al-Qassam and Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades.
While Peres and others have attempted to draw a moral distinction between Hamas and Fatah, the post indicates that Hamas's charter calling for the genocide of Jews and destruction of Israel is "one goal" shared by Fatah.
Indeed, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) charter of 1968 calls for "armed struggle" or "armed revolution," declaring "armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine," and calling on local Arabs to "be prepared for the armed struggle." Following the charter, the PLO and Fatah were defined internationally as terror organizations, a status which was removed during the 1993 Oslo Accords process.
Abbas on December 31, 2009 clearly stated "there is no disagreement between us (Fatah and Hamas): About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None!"
Fatah has at times been at odds with Hamas over its willingness to hold peace talks with Israel, although senior Fatah officials have revealed such talks are part of a scheme to destroy Israel "in stages."