It appears neither Fatah nor its offspring, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, are killing Israelis fast enough to suit Hamas, which, I hasten to remind the reader, is the legally elected government of the “Palestinian people.”

According to new reports from Israel, Hamas has successfully infiltrated the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and created enough dissent within the ranks to cause Al Aqsa to split off into yet another terrorist group, this one appropriately named the Abu Amar Brigades, which is Yasser Arafat’s nom de guerre.

This new terror group will operate under the command of senior Hamas commanders Hussien Hijaz and Abu Hilas from Gaza and will specialize in suicide attacks.

The focus of the Yasser Arafat Brigades, according to Israeli intelligence, will be on launching a mass suicide-bombing offensive against central Israel, including multiple suicide truck bombings, Iraq style, in Israeli cities.

The Yasser Arafat Brigades will actually take their marching orders from Hezbollah in Lebanon. They will get their weapons from the United States, which shipped them to Fatah last year to help the Palestinian government “maintain order.”

They will get their explosives via Hezbollah in Lebanon, who gets them from Tehran via Damascus.

They will get their tactics from al-Qaida, who has perfected them through using them on the U.S. forces in Iraq.

Did I mention Hamas is the legally elected government of the “Palestinian people”? I did?

Did I mention Hamas was the legally elected government of the Palestinian people at the time Washington shipped crates of M-16s to the “Palestinian government”?

And, oh yes, this is also the same government Washington is still putting pressure on Israel to help facilitate a Palestinian state.

According to the U.S. State Department, if Israel would only grant the Palestinian people their own state, they’d stop being terrorists.

In 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon put that theory to the test, ordering the withdrawal of all Israelis settlers from Gaza and turning Gaza completely over to the legally elected Palestinian government.

The legally elected Palestinian government immediately moved in, destroyed all the farms, greenhouses and (especially) the synagogues, and used the newly cleared areas to launch wave after wave of unprovoked rocket attacks on every Israeli city and town within range.

When asked, the legally elected Palestinian government explains that there is nothing they can do, since, without the greenhouses and farms, Gaza residents have no food and no jobs.

Without food and jobs, they have nothing else to do but try and kill Israelis. (After all, it is Israel’s fault for leaving them without food and jobs.)

It’s been almost 14 years since Bill Clinton forced Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin to shake hands in the White House Rose Garden, prompting global cries of “Peace in our time.”

Rabin is dead, murdered in 1995 at the hands of a Jewish assassin, who claimed as his reason Rabin’s sellout of the Jewish people.

I recall the scene at the Rose Garden as if it were yesterday. Yasser Arafat, smiling broadly, offered his bloodstained hand to Rabin, who grimacing at the thought and reluctantly accepted it after being nudged to do so by Bill Clinton.

Arafat is also dead, dying of still-undetermined causes on Nov. 11, 2004, in a Paris hospital.

Arafat’s death was as violent as his life. Who can forget the images of his hearse lurching as it ran over Palestinian mourners who got in the way as it carried the dead terrorist to his gravesite?

Rabin’s legacy of peace is as dead as he is. But Yasser Arafat’s legacy of violence lives on through the newly created suicidal terrorist faction that proudly bears his name.

And did I mention Hamas, who created the Yasser Arafat Brigades to specialize in suicide attacks against Israeli civilians, is the legally elected Palestinian government?

Oh well, why should I bother? No one, especially in the State Department, seems to remember that fact anyway.

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