Thanks for checking in on the Blog today! Chuck Freeby asked for an update and commentary on the Hamas/Fatah situation, with those 188 Fatah men having fled to Israel.
As of the time of writing this, approximately 60 have been returned to Gaza with about half of those arrested by Hamas, 23 are in Israeli Hospitals recovering, and 87 boarded a couple of buses in Beersheba and were let out in Jericho.
Why Jericho? Israel believes they can control the men there as it is essentially a sealed city. Also, it may be that this is a tactic by Israel to counter any possible growth of Hamas in the sleepy oasis in the Jordan Valley.
The IDF, in cooperation with Israel's Civil Administration, has helped 'political' fugitives from the West Bank – and now these eighty seven Fatah members, relocate to Jericho. These passages take place as agreed upon between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.
While all this is happening a group of activists that includes some European Parliament members and a prominent Israeli have embarked from Cyprus upon a quest to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
All this while the Hamas in Gaza again decided to show what things it is capable of doing. Destructive things, just as in their takeover two years ago, are taking place. Such things as when they allegedly laid 'prisoners' on the floor, their own people of Gaza, and shot them. It is true these acts may have been carried out by uncontrolled militant rouges – but it is happening again – apparently without curtail.
If peace is waiting for the Middle East, with the Syrians, Israelis, and the Palestinians – it is very doubtful that this will happen soon. With both Olmert and Bush leaving the stage, can Abbas play the main role in forging a final peace?
We know who can. Let us petition for the people of these lands that the King of Peace may have mercy on us all, and bless man with the ability to live with differences side by side.