Hamas is to blame for the extent of the bloodshed during the recent Gaza War, said
Benjamin Netanyahu Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority. The AP reports:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel’s premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas.Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that it is still early to tell “if the new reality” would allow a political process to resume but said he is examining the possibility. […]Several Egyptian mediated cease-fire attempts during the conflict failed. Hamas eventually accepted almost the same truce offered at the beginning.“It was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (destroyed),” Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday. He said Hamas had insisted on discussing demands first before ending the war, which only served to prolong the violence needlessly.
Abbas’ remarks are a reminder that for many reasons, the recent war saw many Arabs align, tacitly, on Israel’s side. (A U.S. Administration could take advantage of this to promote long-term acceptance, especially if the President’s recent overtures toward the Sunnis turn out to be more than a feint.) The PA comments may also have been driven by recent Israeli revelations that Hamas planned a coup in the West Bank.Going forward, any efforts Abbas makes to distance the PA from Hamas will probably help cover Egypt as it seeks to maintain a stranglehold on Hamas. But blockades go both ways: will the Palestinian Authority, having promoted the narrative that Hamas has blood on its hands, face a Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement from America’s college campuses? After all, that’s a movement of serious, well-intentioned people, not just highbrow, antisemitic rabble rousers—right?