Fatah? Hamas? Palestinians?

What's the difference between Fatah, Hamas, the PLO, the PA, and Palestinians?

Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review offers some clarity on the Arab politics in Israel. Some choice quotes,

The PA and PLO are legacies of [Yasir] Arafat. Currently, the PA is led by President Mahmoud Abbas, the protégé who now leads Arafat’s creation, the Fatah party. Fatah’s charter continues to pledge that the organization’s aim is the destruction of Israel. Fatah, moreover, maintains its own terrorist wing, the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which continue to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel.

Fatah, however, controls only the West Bank. That is because a second terrorist organization sworn to Israel’s annihilation, Hamas, controls Gaza. Hamas was in a position to seize control because, when given an opportunity to vote in a 2006 election, the Palestinian people freely chose Hamas terrorists to run their government. This should come as no surprise: polling demonstrates that an overwhelming majority of the Palestinian people — having been immersed in PA-controlled media and educated in the PA-controlled schools — support the demise of the Jewish state. True to form, once it was victorious in the popular election, Hamas brutally ousted its rival Fatah from Gaza.

Despite the relentless practice of Palestinian terror, and despite the president’s post-9/11 admonition, the Bush administration has foolishly supported Fatah with millions of dollars in financial assistance and weaponry. Indeed, when Hamas captured Gaza, it reportedly seized a trove of American assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, rocket launchers, ammunition and armored personnel carriers from Fatah compounds.

Well worth 5 minutes reading.

Shabbat Shalom.

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