How much do Hamas and Fatah really trust each other?

BY EDMUND SANDERS AND PAUL RICHTER, JWR— Rival Palestinian factions celebrated the signing of a reconciliation pact they hope will end their four-year split and accelerate efforts to form an independent state. But the agreement faces fierce opposition from Israel, complicates American-led efforts to forge a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, and still…

Fatah and Hamas make peace

BY JOEL GREENBERG, WASHINGTON POST— The rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas initialed an agreement Wednesday to end a four-year rift that had left the Palestinians divided between separate governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, officials on both sides said. The agreement negotiated secretly in Cairo provides for a transitional unity government, including…

Arab League Pressing United Nations For Gaza No-Fly Zone

BY JOSEPH KLEIN, NEWSREALBLOG— Hamas is now deliberately targeting Israeli school children with rocket attacks against clearly marked school buses. They know no shame, yet they continue to play the victim, pleading with the international community for protection from Israel’s reprisals. Terrorists in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus on Thursday,…

The case for retaking Gaza

BY TED BELMAN, ISRAPUNDIT— The diplomatic chapter of the coalition agreement asserts that “the government will work determinedly and regularly against terror groups threatening Israel and do everything needed in order to eradicate them. A strategic target for the State of Israel would be the toppling of Hamas’ rule in Gaza.” FM Leiberman intends to…