Monday, May 2, 2011
Turkey Promotes Fatah Hamas Reconciliation
Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is really trying to do his best to get the 'international community' to at least tolerate a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
Turkey has called on the United States and the international community to back a deal between rival Palestinian parties, urging them not to hinder the process unless they plan to bear responsibility for the consequences.
“Israel was always complaining about not finding a counterpart on the Palestinian side. Everyone should be happy now if the Palestinians can reach unity. This should not be hindered,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told reporters Friday.
Davutoğlu said he conveyed this message to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the phone late Thursday.
But Hamas 'Prime Minister' Ismail Haniyeh could not keep his Jew-hatred under control for a single day. On Friday, Haniyeh went public with a demand that the 'Palestinian Authority' annul its recognition of the State of Israel (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday called on the Palestinian Liberation Organization to withdraw its recognition of Israel.
Speaking after the Friday prayer in Gaza City, Haniyeh said that the PLO should not only demand that Israel chose between settlements and peace, but should also withdraw its recognition of the state.
That won't fly with the US, it might not even fly with Europe, and it certainly won't fly with Israel. So before Davutoğlu can even start to garner support for the reconciliation, Haniyeh has to open his mouth and gum it up. As the rabbis say, the righteous have their work done for them by the hands of Heaven. Heh.
Labels: Ahmet Davutoglu, Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, Hillary Clinton, Ismail Haniyeh
posted by Carl in Jerusalem