Fatah and Hamas Lie to Their People

Gatestone Institute 25 May 2012
By Khaled Abu Toameh

Over the past five years, Hamas and Fatah have lied many times to their people about ending their power struggle, which has resulted in the creation of two separate Palestinian entities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Fatah and Hamas have been killing, torturing and imprisoning each other's supporters since 2007, when the Islamist movement seized full control over the Gaza Strip and forced the Fatah out.

Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Qatar and the Tunisia have tried over the past few years to persuade Fatah and Hamas to end the war, but all efforts have thus far been unsuccessful.

Leaders of Hamas and Fatah keep talking about the need to end the power struggle and achieve "national unity," saying this would serve the interests of the Palestinians.

Almost every few weeks, these leaders meet in one of the Arab capitals and announce that they have struck a "unity deal" that would bring peace and unity to the Palestinians.

But the Palestinians seem to have lost confidence in both Fatah and Hamas and are no longer taking the talk about reconciliation and unity seriously. (...)