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The Palestinian triangle.

Posted by Exile on May 5, 2006

Things appear to be taking a turn for the worse in Palestine. Or for the better, depending on which side of the fence you are on. The in-fighting between Hamas and the main opposition, Fatah, is beginning to get nastier. Not enough with their political differences, they are suspicious of each other’s armed capability. Everybody that has ever borne arms knows, that war is merely an extension of the political will of their leaders. If you can’t get your way by discussion, then escalate to armed conflict. This is now becoming the rule in Palestine.

Following assassination threats by Hamas and al-Qaida against top Fatah officials, Fatah gunmen in the Gaza Strip have announced the formation of a new security force to protect their leaders.

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A spokesman for the new force said its members came from several branches of Fatah’s armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades. “The No. 1 mission of this elite force is to protect Fatah members and leaders. It has no connection with the new security force recently established by Palestinian Authority Interior Minister Said Siam of Hamas.” he said.

So, Mr Abbas feels threatened by Hamas? Perhaps he should ask the Israelis for protection? They know all about Hamas’ modus operandi. But there again I suppose, so does Fatah. After all, they wrote the handbook that Hamas is following. The formation recently of the new Hamas driven security force was the instigation of this mini arms race and looks a bit like a case of private armies being formed from the former PA security forces.

Hamas’s 3,000-strong force has been sharply criticized by PA leaders, who accused Siam of seeking to undermine the existing PA security forces. Siam has refused to dismantle the force, which consists of Hamas gunmen charged with assisting the security forces in enforcing law and order.
Khaled Abu Hilal, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, expressed astonishment over the establishment of the Fatah force, saying he did not understand why it was needed when 99 percent of the members of the PA security forces belonged to Fatah.

I understand it. It reminds me of the days when we played football in the school yard, and the two top kids got to pick sides from the line of wannabe’s who wanted to be in the game. The old security forces are being divided up by the two major parties.

So when does the game start?

There is a third element in all this. Not enough that Hamas and Fatah feel the need to protect themselves from each other, they are now aware that Al-Queda is looming large on the horizon. Strange, after Osama’s last outpouring of venom and his declaration to support Palestine, that both sides feel threatened by A-Q. Hamas has had a hard time distancing themselves publicly from Al-Queda since OBL’s last spleen-venting, and Fatah doesn’t want anything to do with them either. However, Al-Queda is now knocking on the door of both sides.

Earlier this week the PA expressed deep concern over reports that al-Qaida was planning to kill top PA leaders.
The threats prompted Palestinian security forces to take strict measures to protect the leaders, including PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose villa in Ramallah has been completely cordoned off. The latest measures were taken after a hitherto unknown group calling itself al-Tawhid wa Jihad (Unification and Holy War) distributed leaflets in the Gaza Strip threatening to “slaughter” a number of senior officials belonging to Abbas’s Fatah party.
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They are former PA ministers Muhammad Dahlan, Yasser Abed Rabbo, Nabil Amr and Abu Ali Shaheen, and Samir Mashharawi, a senior Fatah member from the Gaza Strip.
This is the first time that the group, which is headed by Jordanian arch-terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi, has issued a leaflet in the Gaza Strip, a sign that al-Qaida elements have began operating there.
“We hereby declare that we have begun operating in Palestine,” the leaflet said, heaping praise on Zarqawi and al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. “We have decided to revive the ritual of slaughter against these people to avoid dissension.”

I feel the stage is almost set for one of the biggest showdowns in recent history. Hamas and Fatah and Al-queda, all armed and dangerous and all pointing the guns at each other.

Now, isn’t that just marvellous?

Source: Jerusalem Post. 05/05/2006

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