After a two-hour meeting in Cairo, Khaled Mashaal, unelected leader of Hamas, and Mahmoud Abbas, unelected leader of the Palestinian Authority, were all smiles. “We want to assure our people and the Arab and Islamic world that we have turned a major new and real page in partnership on everything to do with the Palestinian nation,” Mashaal announced. “There are no more differences between us now,” agreed Abbas.
In other words, the “moderate” Abbas is now a full partner with the leader of an organization whose charter is committed not just to the destruction of Israel but to the elimination of all Jews everywhere. This is the same Abbas who forfeited whatever slim claim he held to moderate status by declining to accept Israel as a Jewish state, refusing to engage in direct negotiations with Israel (as recently as last week, chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat declined a Quartet request to sit down with the Israelis), and flouting the Oslo accords by going to the United Nations to demand recognition. Now he is formally partnered with a genocidal Islamist organization. But the Obama administration thinks Israel is the problem.
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