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Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (2nd L), head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (3rd L) and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq (4th L) , hold their hands after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (2nd L), head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (3rd L) and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq (4th L) , hold their hands after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem  

Congress Should Withhold Funding To The Hamas-Fatah Unity Government

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Herb London
President, London Center for Policy Research
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      Herb London

      Herb London is the president of the London Center for Policy Research. He is the former president of the Hudson Institute and professor emeritus at New York University. He created the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and was its dean until 1992. London is coauthor of “The Sunni Vanguard.”

While there is much consternation over the Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government, there is nothing new on the policy front. Fatah, the so-called moderate in the alliance, has been an intractable enemy of Israel that speaks in peaceful tones for international organizations and promotes violence for its Arab sponsors. Hamas is and has always been a terrorist organization that believes the Palestinian state should include all of the territory from the Jordan to the Mediterranean. Hamas has been responsible for the murder of over one thousand innocent Israelis and the firing of thousands of missiles at Israeli cities.

Recently Congressmen Trent Franks and Michele Bachmann sponsored a resolution to withhold U.S. funding for this PA unity government. In the interest of full disclosure, the London Center for Policy Research is also backing this resolution.

As soon as the unity government was formed, Hamas reiterated its commitment to terrorism and the elimination of the State of Israel. By agreeing to the alliance, Abu Mazen reveals his hand as a partner for terrorist activity. Clearly, Israel should not conduct diplomatic negotiations with any organization that calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.

In fact, this should be the position of the Obama administration. The foolhardy peace overture by Secretary of State Kerry reflected a complete misunderstanding of Fatah and its motives. For Abu Mazen, there could never be a recognition of the Jewish State of Israel. All of the dancing around what is a central issue merely illustrates his intentions.

Outgoing Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in praising the new Palestinian unity government that brings the PLO and Hamas together, boasted of the “advanced resistance” capabilities of the terror organization.

For Hamas June 2, 2014 was an historic day as reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas was accomplished. Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization across the globe, having never modified its position that the Jewish state of Israel must be destroyed. Both parties assume greater solidarity than in the past.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu organized an emergency cabinet meeting in which he called for the suspension of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority because of its affiliation with Hamas, and a reduction in assistance given to the Palestinian Authority. Despite Netanyahu’s exhortations to refrain from recognizing the new Palestinian government, European leaders and even the Obama administration applauded the unity arrangement, a somewhat strange response when compared with the widespread revulsion over the murders of Jews at the Brussels Jewish museum – an event that Hamas usually praises.