April 11, 2006

SOVEREIGNTY REQUIRES JUST ONE CENTRAL AUTHORITY:

Hamas Seeks to Take Over PLO (Hillel Fendel, 4/11/06, Arutz Sheva)

Hamas has defined the PLO as its next target for political takeover, demanding elections throughout what the Arabs call the "Palestinian diaspora." This would mean elections in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and elsewhere, where Hamas feels it has very strong support. A victory in these elections would help Hamas attain positions currently held by PLO figures, such as the observer post in the United Nations, membership in international organizations, material assets, and the like.

A Hamas leader-in-exile, Mousa Abu Marzuk, declared recently that the PLO's institutions have essentially stopped working. "The PLO can no longer represent the Palestinian nation until real reforms are carried out within it," he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 11, 2006 11:35 AM
Comments

Well, yes, they've learned what type of rhetoric makes Western donors swoon. Should we be impressed by their skill at propaganda?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 11, 2006 3:09 PM

No, by their capacity to govern.

Posted by: oj at April 11, 2006 3:24 PM

We don't have a dog in the PLO-Hamas fight. Both are equally terrible. The entire political intrigue surrounding Palestine is corrupt and hides reality. Better to let Hamas clear the chessboard for us. Whatever the result is, Israel will know its true options better.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at April 11, 2006 7:02 PM

Sure we do. The PLO is corrupt and secular. Hamas actually cares about the Palestinian people, that's why democracy will discipline them.

Posted by: oj at April 11, 2006 7:13 PM
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