Saturday, February 18, 2006

Unity, Now a Must for Palestinians

Israel and the U.S. are reportedly poised to adopt a range of reprisals intended to isolate a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority as the Islamist faction is being sworn into parliament for the first time. The package of measures under discussion will allegedly seek to separate Israel gradually from a Palestinian Authority dominated by Hamas.

In the face of the plots led by U.S. and Israel, Hamas leaders have gone on a diplomatic offensive. The exiled supreme leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has been meeting diplomats and politicians in Turkey. Russia has also formally invited Hamas leaders to talks in Moscow, scheduled to take place early next month. Hamas leaders are also visiting Muslim countries including Egypt and Iran.

The big victory of Hamas was a “political quake” hitting the Middle East. Consequently, peace talks between Israel and Palestine are entering a new phase. Hamas will also face fresh challenges as Israel, U.S. and the West are seeking their own objectives. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called on Hamas to renounce violence while the U.S. Congress has voted to cut 400-million-dollar annual aid from Washington to the Palestinian Authority. Israel has imposed bans on the Palestinians willing to move between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The new-look Palestinian parliament, in which MPs from the radical Islamist faction occupy 74 out of the 132 seats, will be inaugurated today following Hamas's massive election victory last month.

Notwithstanding their own slogans of democracy, the West and the U.S. do not respect a democracy-based election in the Middle East. Hamas favors a coalition government in the occupied lands, reaching out to other movements including Fatah.

Under the present circumstances, Palestinians need more unity in helping the future “government of resistance” or would face new crises escalated by their foes.

Mahmoud Abbas will ask Hamas to form new goverment Today.


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