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August 5, 2009
This is peace according to Fatah
Gathering in Bethlehem in a Christian school near the Church of the Nativity, which Christian tradition holds is Jesus' birth place, 2000 Fatah delegates are holding their first convention in more than 20 years. (Yes, you read that correctly).
Mohammed Assadi of Reuters reports on Mahmoud Abbas', head of the "moderate" Fatah, statement on peace with Israel, perfectly summarizing the futility of dealing with Fatah on "peace."
President Mahmoud Abbas told his Fatah movement's first congress in 20 years on Tuesday that Palestinians sought peace with Israel but "resistance" would remain an option.
"Although peace is our choice, we reserve the right to resistance, legitimate under international law," Abbas said in a policy speech opening the congress, using a term that encompasses armed confrontation as well as non-violent protests.
The draft leaves the option of "armed struggle" on the charter of Fatah if talks with Israel fail, and does not rule out a unilateral declaration of statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip if negotiations remain at a stalemate.
As with Yasser Arafat, who had a perfect record of ignoring every "peace treaty" he negotiated with Israel under the beaming eye of President Bill Clinton (D), and who launched his deadly terrorist intifada immediately after returning from one of these love fests, if this be peace give me war, which is understood to be war and is expected.