It’s the Arab Spring and love is in the air. After a torrid on-and-off affair, rival terrorist political factions Hamas and Fatah are on again. According to mutual best-friend Egypt, things are red-hot.
On Wednesday, Hamas and Fatah engaged in forming an interim government while promising to decide on a date for general elections. According to Egyptian intelligence, “The consultations resulted in full understandings over all points of discussions,” including the color for the bridal party: blood red.
A traditional reception will follow the political nuptials, the highlight of which will be the “beginning anew of the Palestinian struggle,” hosted by Deputy Hamas politburo chief Abu Marzouk.
While details of the guest list have yet to be announced, Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Ahmad declared that “non-partisan elements that will represent the Palestinian people” will be encouraged to attend. However, analysts speculate that one name will be notably absent from the list: Gilad Shalit, the Israeli Army soldier currently being held captive by Hamas for 1,767 days and counting.
Not surprisingly, the recently liberated Egyptian government played a strategic role in reuniting the former lovers. Bored with their decades-old union with the Jewish state, the newer, fresher Egypt is seeking to re-brand its image; according to 54% of Egyptians, this means de-friending Israel.
Scoring mutual “Likes” in the process, the interim Egyptian military government and Hamas dictatorship used the opportunity to do a little bonding of their own; relationship-building that was initiated with the release of “scores” of Palestinian prisoners from Egyptian jails over the past few weeks. It is expected that Egypt will play best man to Hamas in the upcoming union. Planned pre-wedding activities include the re-opening of the Rafah border crossing between Sinai and the Gaza Strip. A rumored bachelor party promise: The establishment of Hamas’s “unofficial embassy” in Cairo.
But, the military government can’t take all the credit. Love, in more ways than one, drew the rivals together. The popular uprisings in the Arab world rekindled feelings of mutual hatred; Egypt only needed to ignite the flickering sparks during ceremonies honoring the beloved late Terrorist-in-Chief Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat.
Speaking on behalf of Israel (the scorned woman in the scenario) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a desperate plea for mediation, lest her already shaky union with Fatah truly comes to an end. “It’s either us, or Hamas; you can’t have us both!” the prime minister declared.
Citing the violent behavior of their “peace partner’s” ex-lover, Netanyahu warned that missiles and rockets being fired into Israel at both ends would put the nation in the middle of an intolerable situation.
Prospects for reconciliation between the disgruntled partners look dim. For example, Fatah has already declared a desire to dump the couple’s mediator: “An aide to Mr. Abbas stated recently he would sacrifice US financial assistance if this was the price of unity.”
It would seem that Fatah is following the lead of their reconciled lover. Declaring a strong desire for independence Hamas, it would seem, wants the other woman out of the picture completely: “The agreement is the beginning and we shall take quick steps to end the occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state.”
Israel, it would seem, is fooling herself if she thinks her mediator will step in to save the day.
According to Ha’aretz’s Zvi Bar’el, “Even the United States will not be able to object to a united Palestinian government, in which Hamas is a partner. After all, it had agreed to accept and even support, economically and militarily, a Lebanese government in which Hezbollah was partner. Nor will the United States and Europe be able to object to general elections in the territories, or deny their results, when the West is demanding Arab leaders implement democratic reforms.” In short, “Israel could find itself isolated yet again if it objects to the reconciliation or the election.”
Could a Hamas-Fatah union reveal the true nature of her abusive lover for the world to see? If so, would that make a difference to the 100 nations now on his side? Or will the international community continue to turn a blind eye to what has become the obvious truth in the melodrama: The violent partner wants his victim dead, for good.
For advocates of the abused woman, only one adage can offer any reassurance: “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.”