Fatah: We want to fight Israel together with Hamas
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement asserted yesterday in a Facebook post that it sees the reconciliation with Hamas "as an opportunity to establish a united front to fight Israel."
The post was in response to a post by the spokesman of Israel's Prime Minister's Office, Ofir Gendelman, which openly asked Mahmoud Abbas in Arabic if he saw reconciliation as a means to unite with Hamas to fight Israel. Gendelman's post included a cartoon of Hamas and Fatah fighters smiling, shaking hands and aiming rifles at an Israeli soldier. To his question about uniting to fight Israel - Fatah posted its answer: "Yes, this is what we want."
Spokesman of Israel's Prime Minister's Office, Ofir Gendelman: "Hamas sees the reconciliation with Fatah as an opportunity to establish a united front to fight Israel. President Abbas, is this what you want?"
Fatah Facebook administrator: "Yes, this is what we want."
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," July 8, 2014]
Earlier this week, Palestinian Media Watch reported on Fatah's threat to kill Israelis, in which Fatah warned, "Prepare all the bags you can for your body parts."
Yesterday, PMW reported that Abbas' advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein had also posted a call for the murder of Israelis.
The Facebook page where Fatah posted its desire to fight Israel with Hamas is "Fatah - The Main Page," an official Fatah Facebook page. The page defines itself as belonging to the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, and the commission's official website links to this Facebook page.