Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian terrorist organizations have formed a common front to make war on the state of Israel, while orchestrating a sophisticated public relations campaign throughout the world and especially in Israel to convey the specious notion that Hamas and Fateh have formed a “national unity government” that “implicitly” recognizes Israel.
The joint Hamas-Fatah effort is based on what has been dubbed “the prisoners’ document” which was developed by Arab Palestinians in several different factions who are serving life sentences for multiple murders.
Marwan Barghouti, the secretary of the Fatah party – the one most associated with facilitating the prisoners’ document, is serving imprisonment for life for the murder of 13 people.
While news agencies around the world have hailed the prisoners’ document as if it “implicitly” recognizes the State of Israel, the document actually makes no mention of Israel, except as an enemy.
The prisoners’ document is available in English from official Palestinian Authority sources at: http://www.jmcc.org/documents/prisoners.htm.
The document’s principal clause states that, “the Palestinian people have the right to establish a Palestinian state on the lands that were occupied in 1967 – a state whose capital is Jerusalem – while ensuring the right of return to refugees and the release of all prisoners. Hamas and Islamic Jihad must join the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), which is the legal and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian people have the right to fight by all means, focusing the battle for the lands that were occupied since 1967, along with political activity and continued negotiations. The PLO and the president of the Palestinian Authority will be in charge of the negotiations. Any agreement that is reached will be submitted for ratification either to the Palestinian National Council or by means of a referendum.
An aide in Prime Minister Olmert’s office said that if a Palestinian national unity government was formed on the basis of the prisoners’ document it would be a catastrophic development, as no breakthrough in the current impasse with the Palestinians would then be possible. The prisoners’ document does not meet the threshold conditions that were set by the international community, said Olmert’s aide.
©The Bulletin 2006