Thursday, November 24, 2011

Find the Difference Between Abbas and Hamas (UPDATED)


President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Thursday hailed a new "partnership" after talks to implement a landmark reconciliation deal.

"We want to assure our people and the Arab and Islamic world that we have turned a major new and real page in partnership on everything do to with the Palestinian nation," Mashaal said.

"There are no more differences between us now," added Abbas, who heads the Fatah movement.

Abbas and Hamas may rhyme but more import there is no difference.

UPDATE (from EoZ):

Salah Bardawil, a member of Hamas' political bureau who helped arrange today's much heralded "unity" meeting with Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, has reiterated that no matter what, Hamas is not changing its attitudes towards Israel.

He said that that Hamas' attitude towards Israel is "fixed and will not change," emphasizing that Hamas will remain an enemy and will never recognize it, and will never give up on these principles.

Bardawil further said that Hamas does not require any approval from Israel, which will remain an enemy, and that the resistance will continue until the liberation of Palestinian land.

And we do know, don't we, what their "liberation" really means?


Note how the NYTimes's headline subverts the story:

World / Middle East:
Rival Palestinian Leaders Fail to Resolve Rift

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and
Khaled Meshal, the leader of the rival Islamic group Hamas,
could not agree on an interim unity government.


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