As if we needed any further proof that the Abbas “government” was a poodle of the Israeli government, the Palestine Islamic Bank has frozen the accounts of the elected government of Palestine.
With each day that passes, Fatah undermine their own legitimacy, which may lead to a reversal of policies that Israel most fear.
The report by the Commons foreign affairs select committee argues that western sanctions against Hamas, for its refusal to renounce violence and recognise Israel, have been “counterproductive”.
However, the MPs believe that Tony Blair’s appointment as the special envoy for the diplomatic Quartet (the US, the UN, the EU and Russia) provides an opportunity to open up contacts with the radical Palestinian movement. “We recommend that he engage with Hamas in order to facilitate reconciliation amongst Palestinians,” the report says.
Needless to say, Israel is in a panic over the suggestion.
“It is saddening that a UK Parliamentary Committee is suggesting rewarding an extremist group, committed to destroying any hope for peace in the Middle East, by granting it international legitimacy” said Heifetz in a statement released by the Israeli mission in London.
Zvi Heifetz demonstrated that in spite of his reservations, he at least has a sense of humour.
“The timing of the report is particularly unhelpful, coming just as the peace process is showing signs of renewed life. At this critical point in time, the international community has a moral obligation to continue its support for… [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas, and those who wish to bring peace to the region.”
Even Norway are considering direct dialogue with Hamas.
The writing is on the wall. The Abbas government has no legitimacy or authority among the Palestinians and the western world knows it. Israel can play this charade with Abbas, but it will amount to naught.