Much fuss is being made about the recent agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Great emphasis being placed on the latter's pernicious and implacable rejection of the right of Israel (and the Jews) to exist - as expressed in the Hamas Charter.
For some - inexplicable - reason what is being ignored is that the the very same sentiments are reflected in the Fatah's Constitution. Indeed this document (not to be confused with the PLO's Palestinian National Covenant) is no less inimical than the Hamas Charter - and if anything it is more explicit in its aspiration to to destroy "the Zionist Entity" - some illustrative excerpts follow.
In reading them it should be recalled that
- The Fatah Constitution was formulated in 1964 - well before Israel held a square inch of territory now claimed as usurped Palestinian land.
- The Fatah Emblem shows the entire area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea as "Palestine" so we can have doubt as to what the organization means when it calls for the "complete liberation of Palestine"
- This Constitution was not amended or abolished at the The 2009 Fatah Movement Assembly in Bethlehem - which must indicate its ongoing validity”.
Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.
Article (17) Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine.
Article (19) Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.
Article (22) Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.
So it is quite clear:
- Hamas and Fatah are united in their aspiration to destroy Israel. It is only nuance and semantics that differ between them.
- The one, driven by religious fanaticism, strives to destroy Israel …in the name of Islam
- The other, driven by radical nationalism, strives to destroy Israel …in the name of “Armed Revolution”.
Also see Myth of moderation - Israel Opinion, Ynetnews (3 April 2007)