Many well-informed persons are unaware of this Fatah constitution. And many of those who are familiar with it believe it is an anachronism: That is, as Fatah itself has changed, post-Oslo, its original constitution, which has remained static, is rendered irrelevant.

The fact, however, is that Fatah has two faces. We see this revealed in the “Phased Program” adopted by the PLO in 1974.

(Fatah was, and is, by far the largest and most influential faction of the PLO.) This program was an acknowledgement that “total liberation” in one fell swoop had become unrealistic; instead there was to be a “Strategy of Stages” – to “give the appearance of moderation” while “total liberation” would be pursued slowly over time as Israel was weakened.

Fatah Conference: August 2009: A Major Opportunity Denied