Given the choice between two bad choices, the United States reaffirmed its support for the PLO’s Fatah party as the Palestinian civil war rages on.

Speaking with reporters yesterday, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the government is giving Mahmoud Abbas America’s full support. McCormack blamed Hamas for the fighting and cast the Gaza violence as part of an ongoing effort by the Hamas military wing to “short circuit and pre-empt” those Palestinians who reject violence and support a political path to regional peace.

McCormack is right about Hamas, but suggesting the Palestinian Authority “rejects violence” and supports a “political path to peace” would require redefining the words “reject,” “violence” and “peace.”

The State Department is trying to cast Abbas in the role of “peacemaker” simply because his party is seeking an easier way to destroy Israel, not because Abbas has suddenly rejected the PLO Charter.

Fatah is following founder Yasser Arafat’s Phased Plan for the Destruction of Israel. Arafat’s “Phased Plan” in brief, goes like this:

  1. Through the “armed struggle” (i.e., terrorism), to establish an “independent combatant national authority” over any territory that is “liberated” from Israeli rule. (Article 2)

  2. Continue the struggle against Israel, using the territory of the national authority as a base of operations. (Article 4)

  3. Provoke an all-out war in which Israel’s Arab neighbors destroy it entirely (“liberate all Palestinian territory”). (Article 8)

The Phased Plan was adopted at the 12th Session of the Palestinian National Council in Cairo on June 9, 1974. It is part of the PLO’s foundation Charter.

The last time Fatah agreed to amend its Charter, (including the Phased Plan) was on April 25, 1996. The relevant articles of the PLO Charter include:

Article 19: The establishment of Israel is fundamentally null and void, whatever time has elapsed.

Article 15: [We call for] the liquidation of the Zionist presence in Palestine.

Article 22: The liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence and will contribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East. …

Despite numerous promises to amend the Charter, it remains unchanged.

The foolishness of supporting the lesser of two terrorist organizations cannot be understated. Yesterday, WorldNetDaily ran a story reporting Hamas was videotaped brandishing U.S. assault rifles, RPGs and armored personnel carriers the United States gave to Abbas only a few months ago.

Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas’ so-called military wing, bragged to WND: “We informed you many times we would obtain all American arms brought to Gaza in the conspiracy against our government.”

Fatah is now awaiting delivery of more than a thousand more U.S.-made weapons and a million rounds of ammunition, paid for by U.S. tax dollars. Many members of Abbas’ presidential army are also members of the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, which is itself part of Fatah.

The weapons themselves have not done PLO forces much good. When confronted by Hamas fighters, most of them threw down their arms and fled for the Egyptian border.

What should the U.S. do? They should follow Israel’s example and get out of the way. As long as the two terrorist groups are busily engaged in killing each other, they aren’t killing Israelis.

But in the final analysis, this ought to wake up the West and the U.S., especially as to the true nature of the Palestinians. We pushed Israel into this insane act of giving the Palestinians Gaza. The Palestinians quickly voted in the worst terrorist organization available – Hamas. With Hamas now in control, Gaza will rapidly become “terror central,” with Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida, et al., vying for who’s the “baddest.”

Israel now has a sword pointed at its heart. If they do not get a leader with some “guts” and quickly overthrow the terrorist Gazan enclave, they will have civilian casualties mounting beyond their wildest nightmares. When will we ever learn that a terrorist is a terrorist by any other name?

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