Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hamas Is Revolting

The Mecca Accords are causing dissention in the ranks of Hamas.

"Hamas is facing a serious split," the sources said. "Opposition in Hamas to the Mecca agreement is growing as some of the movement's senior officials are talking about a possible revolt."

The "rejectionist" camp in Hamas, led by Interior Minister Said Siam and Foreign Affairs Minister Mahmoud a-Zahar, is opposed to the Mecca agreement under the pretext that Hamas made too many concessions to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction.

Both Siam and Zahar have privately criticized Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Syria-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for signing the agreement, a top Hamas official in Gaza City told The Jerusalem Post.

He said the two, along with a number of senior Hamas figures in the Gaza Strip, have refused to participate in coalition talks with Fatah representatives over the past few weeks. The two are expected to lose their jobs in the new Hamas-led coalition.

"Siam and Zahar are unhappy with the agreement not only because they won't serve in the unity government, but because they believe that Hamas has made far-reaching political concessions," the official said. "They are convinced that Hamas is gradually abandoning its ideology as Fatah did when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel more than a decade ago."
What is the ideological difference between Hamas and Fatah (Conquest)? There is only one major difference. The time table for the destruction of Israel. Hamas says right now. Fatah says it may take longer.

I guess the Palestinian National unity government may be delayed a little longer.

1 comment:

Susan's Husband said...

Can these people name even one concession Hamas made to Fatah in the Mecca accords? As far I could tell, Fatah basically gave in on everything. Or is it really just about turf?