By Dr. Anat Berko /

PA Arabs waving Hamas flags during a demonstration in Ramallah.Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90
PA Arabs waving Hamas flags during a demonstration in Ramallah.Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Contrary to what many people think, there is no profound division between Fatah and Hamas. Palestinians often shuttle from one to the other; members of the same family belong to different groups. Jibril Rajoub, for example, is often interviewed by the Israeli media as representing Fatah (Palestinian Authority), while his brother, Naif, was a minister in the de-facto Hamas administration.

Before 2007, when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip and suppressed the Fatah presence there, there was a considerable amount of back-and-forth between the organizations. On one occasion, a Fatah operative in jail smiled and said he found it hard to say which organization he belonged to. “There are days,” he said, “when I go to sleep Fatah and wake up Hamas.”

Recently, masses of people marched through the streets of Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria holding green signs with Hamas slogans, all with Fatah’s blessing, and chanting, “death to the Jews,” and “death to Israel.” As one veteran Fatah member said, “In our hearts we are all Hamas.”

Mahmoud Abbas’s so-called “pragmatism” is music to Western ears, but not to the Arabs’.

Thus, when he came back from the UN with the title of “president of Palestine” in his pocket, he allowed Hamas and others to hold parades and rallies, released Hamas prisoners, and gave instructions that those planning terrorist attacks against Israel are to be left to do as they please.

Today the Palestinian Authority can barely stay afloat, and every mass march organized to palliate Hamas can slide into factional Palestinian violence and anti-Israeli terrorism.

Hamas, with the help recently and willingly given it by Mahmoud Abbas, will take over, just as it took over the Gaza Strip. Israel can never accept a radical Islamist emirate in Judea and Samaria of the sort that Hamas has created in the Gaza Strip, any more than Paris, London, or Washington could accept al-Qaeda or the Taliban in Monaco, Wales, or Virginia.

This time, no one can promise that Israeli soldiers will continue to act as bodyguards for Palestinian leaders when their lives are threatened. That movie, which we have all seen, is no longer playing.

2 thoughts on “There is No Hamas-Fatah Divide

  • Its not hard to understand why Fatah and Hamas are one and the same, they manipulate the young with lies false information because they fear the truth. Why does the world put up with these nuts the world stood against apartied in South Africa

    Why is this allowed to to go on when this false government is a big sham one and the same fanatics, murderers, cowards.

  • is there any difference between Iran or Iraq or saudi when it comes to islamic fanaticism? thats how there is no difference between hamas or fatah when it comes to islamic ideology or their determination to eliminate the land of israel. Nevertheless the counsel of the Lord standeth sure having this seal, the Lord knoweth his own and will protect and keep them and they that trouble them will be destroyed now or in the future. what happened to saddam hussein and kaddafi will happen to the evil workers the likes of abu mazen and his cohots.

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