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Hamas-Fateh reconciliation: a great day for Palestine

By Khalid Amayreh

Occupied Jerusalem:  Much to the chagrin of the hateful Zionist entity, Hamas and Fatah seem to have reached a final agreement, putting an end to four years of a crippling national rift which exhausted the Palestinian people as never before and gave Israel a valuable opportunity to try liquidate the Palestinian cause.

News of the agreement has already generated instantaneous reactions of excitement and joy, even euphoria in the occupied territories. Motorists honked their car horns, youngsters took to the streets shouting "Fatah and Hamas: one people not two." Some women ululated with joy as Fatah and Hamas leaders appeared on TV screens in Cairo, announcing the conclusion of the long-awaited agreement. Some restaurants and eateries offered free coffee, tea and juices as celebrations went on until around midnight.

On the Israeli sides, Israeli leaders were visibly angry and disappointed, with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyah threatening the Palestinian leadership with what looked like a virtual ultimatum:

"The PA would have to choose between peace with Hamas and peace with Israel. It can't choose both."

One Fatah official retorted: "We also say Israel would have to choose between peace with the Palestinian people and peace with racist settlers, it can't choose both."

Well, Netanyahu's threats should be rejected outright and treated with the utter contempt they deserve. After all, this is an internal Palestinian matter and Israel has absolutely no right to intervene in our internal affairs.

Netanyahu may argue that Hamas doesn't recognize Israel. Well, Netanyah should be reminded that he presides over a government the bulk of which doesn't recognize Palestine.

In the final analysis, why should Hamas, or for that matter Fatah, recognize Israel when Israel refuses to recognize the very existence of the Palestinian people.

So, if the next Palestinian government of national unity shouldn't include groups that don't recognize Israel, by the same token, Palestinians have the right to demand that any Israeli government must exclude groups and parties that don't recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

Needless to say, the current Israeli government includes explicitly fascist parties that don't even recognize the very existence of the Palestinian people. The conclusion of the reconciliation agreement in Cairo has really dealt a sharp blow to nefarious Zionist designs. Israel first lost a great strategic asset in the dramatic downfall of the Mubarak dynasty and now we have these good tidings from Cairo. More good news is coming up, inshallah (God willing).

Netanyahu and other Zionist supremacists may rant and rave for as long as they may. This shouldn't shake even one hair on our bodies. None the less, we must not be too preoccupied with self-congratulating ourselves on this auspicious occasion. Yes there is no doubt that the present that both Hamas and Fatah have handed over to the Palestinian people is great.

However, we must work overtime to rectify and correct all that went wrong during these gloomy four years. Prisoners or detainees must be set free, media incitement must end immediately, closed institutions must be reopened; and human rights and civil liberties must be reinstituted. Also grievances must be settled and hard feelings soothed and reconciled.
In short, we must get the slate clean as soon as possible and allow for the total obliteration of all the scars of division.

In this agreement, there seems to be only winners. Every one is winning as a result of this breakthrough except Israel and the enemies of our people. Hamas has won by having all its conditions and objections met. We must not forget that Hamas was supposed to be destroyed according to the American-Zionist designs; so the fact that Hamas has remained a hard, independent variable is indeed a great achievement. This proves that not everything Palestinian must be subject to the Zionist will.

Fatah has also won by showing Israel that Fatah won't be co-opted and manipulated against Palestinian national interest. Fatah won by demonstrating that it will remain a national and patriotic movement despite American and Israeli designs.

And the Palestinian people has won by overcoming one of the most formidable internal crises ever to mar the Palestinian struggle for freedom from the claws of diabolic Zionism.

We must also thank our big sister, Egypt, without which the conclusion of this agreement wouldn't have been possible. The revolutionary leadership in Cairo must be applauded for its tireless efforts and dedication to bring about this paramount national reconciliation among the brothers in Palestine. This should be a good omen for the future.

Finally, we Palestinians should instill in ourselves a feeling of optimism. The restoration of Palestinian national unity, along with the strategic changes in the Arab region, is huge assets and opportunities that should be utilized for the ultimate liberation of Palestine.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 25

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