69 million page views

Respectfully Disagree

Reader comment on item: No Disagreement between Hamas and Fatah

Submitted by Sheldon Tyber (Canada), Mar 17, 2013 at 19:25

Mr. Pipes,

I deeply respect your work, and regard you as one of the foremost thinkers / commentators on the Middle East. However, I completely disagree with this article.

Fatah may not be delivering the full amount of counter-terrorism that Israel would love to see. However, there is no question that Fatah works with Israeli national security organizations to: 1) prevent large-scale attacks that would otherwise emanate from the West Bank, 2) prevent the expansion of (more radical) Hamas' support in the West Bank, and 3) reduce the popular support in the West Bank for violent resistance. This situation starkly contrasts with that of Hamas. Suggesting that Fatah and Hamas are no different is a denial of objective facts.

It is hardly realistic to expect that, at this time, a Palestinian leader could move closer to your demands without completely jeopardizing their own popular support. If Abbas were to accede, I have no doubt that it would lead to the loss of the Palestinians least radical leader. If that were to occur, Israel's strategic position would become worse, not better.

The West Bank is (relatively) peaceful. Economic growth has been occurring for a few years. We should leverage those factors to convince Gazans that they, too, would benefit by dropping radicalism and violence. Demanding more of Abbas, right now, is not the most beneficial approach.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Daniel Pipes replies:

You disagree, yet you wrote this passage:

It is hardly realistic to expect that, at this time, a Palestinian leader could move closer to your demands without completely jeopardizing their own popular support. If Abbas were to accede, I have no doubt that it would lead to the loss of the Palestinians least radical leader.

You make my case for me here. Palestinians are so hostile to Israel that one cannot expect their leader to accept the Jewish state. So, one is left with a Mahmoud Abbas who plays games.

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Respectfully Disagree by Sheldon Tyber

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2022 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)