A Not-So-Idyllic Marriage

So, Fatah and Hamas are reconciled and will form a joint government to run the Palestinian Authority. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/27/us-palestinians-reconciliation-idUSTRE73Q50820110427?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

U.S. lawmakers are not pleased to see a terrorist organization (Hamas) joining the PA government the U.S. has been funneling money to for years.

House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen released a statement warning that “The reported agreement between Fatah and Hamas means that a Foreign Terrorist Organization [Hamas], which has called for the destruction of Israel will be part of the Palestinian Authority government. U.S. taxpayer funds should not and must not be used to support those who threaten U.S. security, our interests, and our vital ally, Israel.”

And Democrat Rep. Gary Ackerman, Ranking Member the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, said that “the United States will be compelled by both law and decency to withhold any assistance that could fall into the hands or control or even partial control of anyone reporting to, or belonging to a terrorist entity, as is Hamas.”

The accord between the two is a sweet deal for Fatah and Hamas, since apparently they neither trust nor fear the U.S., and since they need each other now that their primary backers (Hosni Mubarak for Fatah, Bashir Assad for Hamas) are currently in hot water.

It’s not so sweet for Israel, though, since the deal reportedly doesn’t require Hamas to make even a pretense of giving up its stated mission of driving Israel into the sea.
-Jack Simony

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Jack Simony is a hedge fund portfolio manager from New York City. More information and a full biography can be found by visiting http://www.jacksimony.org.
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