I've Been Thinking:
In a speech at a rally in Gaza City on Saturday, Hamas Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh made it very clear: If a deal is signed between the
Israelis and the Palestinian Authority, it is not binding on Hamas.
Just in case we were unaware or unsure of how Hamas felt, now we know for sure.
He said: "The so-called American framework is not binding for us."
He explained that an agreement between Israel and the PA: "is unfair
and imposes the Zionist violation of the Palestinian land."
There is no relationship between Gaza and the West Bank. The West
Bank is controlled by the PA which is run by Mahmoud Abbas. Gaza is run
by Hamas and led by Ismail Haniyeh.
There was a terrible rift between the two groups and they have
separated. They have signed reconciliation agreements not once but
twice, and neither agreement has been put in place.
As recently as this past week when a delegation from the PA went to
Gaza they did not discuss reconciliation - they spoke primarily about
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