Hamas, Fatah, and the UN: The Fix is In

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It would be a tragic mistake to view this campaign by Hamas and Fatah, as simply a misguided effort to score a diplomatic or procedural victory at the UN.

So Hamas and Fatah have reconciled just as the summer push gets underway to have the United Nations, when it convenes in September, recognize Palestine as the 193rd member of this august world body.  How nice.

The usual pontificators who find Israel to be a nuisance that would serve the world best by going away will wax eloquently about this historic moment that will, at long last, create the two-state solution and accomplish what the parties themselves have not been able to accomplish.  Some, no doubt, will support this initiative because they hope it will bring peace to the region.  Color them naïve…or just ignorant. Some will support this initiative because they have despaired of any other solution. Color them defeatist.  And, finally, some (more than we like to think) will support this initiative because they believe it will commence the demise of Israel. Color them honest.

The leaders of Fatah and Hamas, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshal, signed their reconciliation accord in Cairo last Wednesday.

According to Meshal, Hamas is interested in “closing ranks in order to create one entity, one organization and one decision, in order to realize the shared national aim of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza − without one settler and without giving up even one piece of land or the right of return.” He called for forging a unified strategy that would force Israel to withdraw from what he and his European fellow travelers refer to as Palestinian land.  Just what Hamas really considers to be Palestinian land is the critical issue. Accepting a two-state solution in which Israel agrees to abide by the borders, as they existed forty-four years ago before the ’67 War, while the new Palestinian state covets the remainder of Israel does not augur well for peace in the region. That isn’t really a two-state solution. That’s a two-step maneuver toward a one-state solution.

Meshal has said in the past that Hamas is willing to pay any price for reconciliation with Fatah, and that its only battle is with Israel. And though he noted that many years have passed since negotiations with Israel began, he said that Hamas is prepared to give negotiations another chance.  But exactly what is it that Meshal is prepared to negotiate?

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