I’ll never understand why Bush saw Abbas as a partner in peace with Israel. His Fatah party is no better than Hamas. It’s equally puzzling that the Israeli government chooses to look the other way and blame Hamas for terrorist attacks carried out by Fatah. What good is having a political party to negotiate with if they are ultimately going to kill your people.
The military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party today carried out a terrorist attack along with Hamas-linked gunmen who infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip and shot dead two Jewish civilians.
The Israeli media largely painted Hamas as responsible for the attack even though Fatah and other groups took responsibility. The Israeli government blamed Hamas as well and vowed retaliation.
The U.S. considers Fatah to be moderate. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government has been holding regular negotiations with Abbas’ officials in line with last November’s U.S.-backed Annapolis Summit, which seeks to create a Fatah-led Palestinian state by the end of the year.
“We see in Hamas a complete and central figure in this attack, and we put direct blame on them,” said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev of today’s attack. “Hamas will pay the full price on this aggressiveness.”