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Mahmoud Abbas Dissolves Palestinian Government, Declares Emergency

This is full-fledged civil war:

GAZA CITY (CNN) -- President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government and declared a state of emergency Thursday after four days of fighting that has left Hamas in control of much of Gaza, an aide to the Palestinian leader said.


The move comes after Hamas announced Thursday that Gaza is now under its Islamic rule, the first step to becoming an Islamic state.

Under the state of emergency, Abbas will have the authority replace the current Hamas Cabinet with his Fatah allies. The temporary Cabinet would have to be approved by the Palestinian Legislative Council after 30 days.

Currently, there is no government control in Gaza, according to Palestinian legislator Saeb Erakat.

"Gaza is now officially out of our control as the Palestinian Authority," said Erakat, who is aligned with the Fatah party.

He blamed a "renegade force" in Gaza for staging a "major coup d'etat."

"This is a coup against the president, against the Palestinian people, and against the Palestinian cause," Erakat told CNN.

He called the situation "very, very grave" and said the violence is "setting us back 50 years at least."

Actually, I'm surprised it has taken this long for Hamas to do something like this. Israel is, understandably, very concerned about Hamas having complete control of Gaza:

Israel has expressed concern about the possibility that Gaza could be solely controlled by Hamas.


Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday if Hamas gains control of Gaza it would have "regional implications" and he called for an international force to patrol the Gaza-Egypt border to prevent Hamas radicals from importing new and more powerful weapons into Gaza.

Update: Hamas claims to have found CIA files from Fatah buildings that it has taken over:

Terror groups including Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committees have seized large quantities of CIA security files stored at major compounds of militias associated with the American.-backed Fatah organization of Palestinian Arab President Abbas, terror leaders told The New York Sun today.


The terror leaders claimed the files contain, among other things, details of CIA networks in the Middle East.

"The CIA files we seized, which include documents, CD's, taped conversations, and videos, are more important that all the American weapons we obtained the last two days as we took over the traitor Fatah's positions," said Muhammad Abdel-El, spokesperson for the Hamas-allied Popular Resistance Committees terror group.

[...]

According to Hamas sources, the terror group will soon advance on Gaza City's Ansar Compound, one of the most important Fatah security establishments and the site at which American weapons have been delivered to Fatah the past few years. Security sources say Ansar contains large quantities of weaponry America provided to Fatah.

Hamas and Popular Resistance Committees leaders told the Sun upon taking over Gaza City's Fatah compounds, particularly the Preventative Security Services building and intelligence compound, they seized large quantities of what they said were CIA files concerning the Middle East. Abu Abdullah, a member of Hamas' so-called military wing, said, "Now our job is to study these files, which are already showing that they are crucial for our fight against the Zionists and anyone who collaborates with them, including the Americans."

Mr. Abdullah said the CIA documents they browsed so far contain "information about the collaboration between Fatah and the Israeli and American security organizations; CIA methods on how to prevent attacks, chase and follow after cells of Hamas and the Committees; plans about Fatah assassinations of members of Hamas and other organizations; and American studies on the security situation in Gaza."

Mr. Abdullah claimed the documents also detailed CIA networks in other Arab countries, and "how to help beat Islamic allies of Hamas in other Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan."

"We will use these documents and make portions public to prove the collaboration between America and traitor Arab countries," Mr. Abdullah said.

By the way, the bloodletting that's happening in Gaza right now with Hamas overrunning Fatah and setting up an Islamist state is nothing compared to what would happen if we leave Iraq too early.


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Comments (26)

Allah is roasting Arafat in... (Below threshold)
kim:

Allah is roasting Arafat in Hell. Palestine coulda been a contenduh.
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Wish I could say I cared ab... (Below threshold)

Wish I could say I cared about the Most Psychotic Culture on Earth, but I don't. If they all kill each other, maybe Israelis can finally stop living in fear of Palestinian terrorism.

If, as seems likely, we end... (Below threshold)

If, as seems likely, we end up with a HAMAS-controlled Gaza and a Fatah-controlled West Bank, there are several implications that should be discussed, primarily in Israeli and American political circles.

The first is that it would give Israel a chance to try to engage Fatah diplomatically. A path towards recognition of the West Bank as the state of Palestine could be begun, contingent on Fatah stopping violence against Israel from the West Bank. This is also an opportunity for Fatah to show that they can actually be "partners for peace," both giving them the opportunity to create a state and showing a contrast with HAMAS. The biggest problem with this route is that it is far from clear that Fatah wants to live in peace with Israel. Another problem is that it is not entirely clear that Fatah could stop the violence, even if they want to do so.

A second implication is that it is entirely possible that there would the HAMAS/Fatah civil war would continue, either by transit through or around Israel to get at each other, or (much worse) by escalating attacks against Israel as a proxy for the much further away enemy in the opposite territory. It is not unlikely that both of these could happen at once, with Fatah members traveling through Israel to attack HAMAS and HAMAS attacking Israel.

A third implication is that Iran's influence in Gaza is about to become much, much larger. It is quite possible that Iran, emboldened by its ability to wage proxy wars against the US and Israel without direct retaliation, will ratchet up the pressure on Israel from both Gaza and southern Lebanon. It is likely that, if this happens, Israel would go to war again in both places, and likely very differently from (much more aggressively than) the last flare up.

There is also a very real possibility that Israel could isolate and strangle Gaza, cutting off communications of all kinds, cutting off electricity and water, expelling foreigners from the area, banning the press from the area, and just letting them starve. It's not likely — Israel is a moral country — but it is feasible. It's also possible that, were that to happen, the "international community" would more or less shrug. I don't know that very many people would come to the aid of HAMAS, particularly if HAMAS ratchets up attacks on Israel (which is the scenario that would make Israel likely to consider this option in the first place).

By the way, the bloodlet... (Below threshold)
JohnMc:

By the way, the bloodletting that's happening in Gaza right now with Hamas overrunning Fatah and setting up an Islamist state is nothing compared to what would happen if we leave Iraq too early.

BINGO! Do you think we'll see that angle played up on the evening news?

It is a good thing HAMAS ad... (Below threshold)
Matt:

It is a good thing HAMAS adheres to the religion of peace. I wouldn't want to see what they would do if they adhered to a religion of not-peace.

I'm in favor of bombing Gaz... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

I'm in favor of bombing Gaza flat, and shooting anyone that tries to escape. Seriously. It would be the stick to go with the carrot of offering to negotiate with Fatah in the West Bank. It would elminate what is sure to become a terrorist safe zone and training area. And its destruction could be used to further threaten Iran. As far as I'm concerned, there are no innocents left in Gaza. Any who were there are already dead. Any persons left there share responsibility. Every one of them.

I'm in favor of bombing ... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave Berkowitz?:

I'm in favor of bombing Gaza flat, and shooting anyone that tries to escape.

Stop playing video games, little boy.

KimBy the wa... (Below threshold)

Kim

By the way, the bloodletting that's happening in Gaza right now with Hamas overrunning Fatah and setting up an Islamist state is nothing compared to what would happen if we leave Iraq too early.

Exactly. An Iranian proxy in Gaza (Hamas) is a preview of the consequences of failure in Iraq.

You all forgot that Hamas b... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

You all forgot that Hamas built schools and did charity work for the poor.

cousin dave:I'm... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

cousin dave:

I'm in favor of bombing Gaza flat, and shooting anyone that tries to escape. Seriously.

If you're opposed to terrorism, don't advocate it as a solution. I know it must be thrilling to post that here for all to read, but it comes across as callous and a little insane.

I'm hoping that you're not serious, and that you just like to say things to draw attention to yourself.

Looks to me like Jimmy Cart... (Below threshold)

Looks to me like Jimmy Carter was right. Negotiating a peace with the Democratically-elected Hamas would have been a much better approach than imposing sanctions and financial blockades, which accomplished nothing.

But then I've always suspected that George Bush was offering up the state of Israel as bait to entice Iran into making a move -- so that we in turn can pounce on Iran.

Soon we'll be hearing about the peril this places on Israel, and shortly thereafter there will be reports of proof that Iran is backing and supporting Hamas.

The conservative mindset is so predictable, no wonder George's Global War on Terror is failing.

If you find yourself writin... (Below threshold)
Eric:

If you find yourself writing a sentence like "Looks to me like Jimmy Carter was right" alarm bells should be going off in your head.

Negotiating with Hamas would have been foolish, and I rather see the Palistinians in a full-blown civil war than see a people united in the purpose of destroying a neighboring state.

Looks to me like Jimm... (Below threshold)

Looks to me like Jimmy Carter was right. Negotiating a peace with the Democratically-elected Hamas


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19219238/

The Littlest ex President always had a point a view that would fit neatly into yours, Lee.

The only way to solve this ... (Below threshold)
Mikey:

The only way to solve this problem is to send them more money. This will make them love each other nore and be less likely to attack Israel again.

or...

We just have to understand them better. Maybe we should send a delegation of Pelosi, Reid and Hillary there to solve everything. It worked last time San Fran Nan went there, didn't it?

And now all of the weaponry... (Below threshold)

And now all of the weaponry that we've been shipping to the Fatah forces in Gaza has fallen into the hands of Hamas who would never have taken power in the first place if Bush hadn't promoted the nonsensical idea that the Palestinians should have free elections to decide their government.

Yep, another strategic masterstroke by our fearless commander-in-chief.

Larkin Somehow I'm not sur... (Below threshold)
Xennady:

Larkin Somehow I'm not surprised to see a leftist arguing that elections are a bad idea.

if Bush hadn't promo... (Below threshold)

if Bush hadn't promoted the nonsensical idea that the Palestinians should have free elections to decide their government.

That's some bold "I toldja so" Larkin. What was your position at the time?

Lee:Soon we'll... (Below threshold)
marc:

Lee:

Soon we'll be hearing about the peril this places on Israel, and shortly thereafter there will be reports of proof that Iran is backing and supporting Hamas.

Shortly thereafter?

Those "reports" have been proven true for at least a decade.

Larkin:

And now all of the weaponry that we've been shipping to the Fatah forces in Gaza has fallen into the hands of Hamas who would never have taken power in the first place if Bush hadn't promoted the nonsensical idea that the Palestinians should have free elections to decide their government.

That's a little over stated isn't it? Hamas "officials" said "that all the American weapons we obtained the last two days as we took over the traitor Fatah's positions...,"

I guess you don't see the difference between we have them all and all they have "obtained."

OR... you attempt speak for them using your own special brand of nonsense.

And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Hamas to put on display any "proof" of what they claim.

LeeHere is some mo... (Below threshold)

Lee

Here is some more of Jimmy's being "right"...

"They are executing them one by one," Amjad said in a telephone interview, declining to give his full name for fear of reprisals. "They are carrying one of them on their shoulders, putting him on a sand dune, turning him around and shooting." According to AP ByDIAA HADID Associated Press Writer

But why stop there, when Jimmy's penultimate being "right" moment is captured here. The guy on the left didn't fare so well.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.whitehousehistory.org/04/subs_pph/images/uploads/39/1711.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.whitehousehistory.org/04/subs_pph/PresidentDetail.aspx%3FID%3D39%26imageID%3D1711&h=386&w=500&sz=74&hl=en&start=6&sig2=ydf2kXnkiFtDn_AJDgG6hw&tbnid=JFTUrw9Mz3IzxM:&tbnh=100&tbnw=130&ei=4ctxRuD8MImuiQGIm_WNBw&prev=/images%3Fq%3DCarter%2BBegin%2BEgypt%2Bpresident%26gbv%3D2%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG


This is good news. The US ... (Below threshold)
LenS:

This is good news. The US Navy needs a new gunnery range thanks to the whiners in Puerto Rico. Here's a perfect new one with plenty of urban targets. Best of all, it's on the way to the Persian Gulf for our Mediterranean and Atlantic Fleets.

Sadly, though, our leaders will wring their hands and do nothing as a new terror state begins the work on a Second Holocaust.

Mr. Abdullah said the CI... (Below threshold)
Julie:

Mr. Abdullah said the CIA documents they browsed so far contain "information about the collaboration between Fatah and the Israeli and American security organizations; CIA methods on how to prevent attacks, chase and follow after cells of Hamas and the Committees; plans about Fatah assassinations of members of Hamas and other organizations; and American studies on the security situation in Gaza."

Mr. Abdullah claimed the documents also detailed CIA networks in other Arab countries, and "how to help beat Islamic allies of Hamas in other Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan."

Commonly known in America as democratization projects, the CIA has been doing this for years. Look up Air America. Look up the National Endowment for Democracy and see which countries they've been involved in and where the US funding went (translated - your money).Then if you really want to have fun, look up how the Shah of Iran got put into power and why Congress pulled the CIA's black ops funding in the 80's and forbade them from overthrowing governments.

Good for Hamas, the internicene fightng didn't start until we funded the Presidential Guard.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Great post - thanks for the info.

Finally!!! We now know what... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Finally!!! We now know what's wrong with wee wee lee lee wardie (the one from bluie).He believes what peanut Carter says. No wonder he comes off so insane. Poor thing I almost feel sorry for him.
As to the civil war, here's hoping they all kill each other off. Can you believe that these people can be even consider to be human beings? An animal is more civilized then they are.

Oh and I forgot to ask-is "... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Oh and I forgot to ask-is "Julie" really kin to "wardie"?

You ever wonder why, when s... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

You ever wonder why, when stuff like the supposed proof that Israel and the US are implicated in all this, that nobody ever wonders if it's just made up?

I mean, look at Rathergate. The credulity of the press is at an all-time high, while the means to forge damn near anything from Microsoft holographic security labels to pretty much any sort of document, to manipulating pictures with Photoshop are all at a point where you can create pretty much any proof you need to support any contention you care to make.

Of course, as has been demonstrated it doesn't even necessarily have to be GOOD proof - that you have anything at all is apparently enough.

When are journalists going to realize they're killing off their own profession by simply finding info that fits their self-imposed scripts, and ignoring everything else?

Yes, ryan and the anon post... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

Yes, ryan and the anon poster who tried to cop my handle, I'm absolutely serious. And if you actually thought about it for a minute, you'd see what I'm getting at. Which is this: There is no one left in Gaza who isn't either a committed enemy of the West, or just an out-and-out homicidal maniac. There are no "civilians". There are the people who have arms, and then there are the people who worked to give them that power and those arms. Anyone with half a brain would have fled Gaza months ago.

And as we have seen this week, there is absolutely no rule of war, civilization, or common sense that the Gazers won't break to achieve their aims. They have developed an ideology that gives them permission to commit any act at all, no matter how heinous, as long as it's done in the name of their supposed god. So we have a nine-months-pregnant woman trying to get into Israel, under the pretext of needing medical help, so she can suicide-bomb a hospital. But, hey, she's killing Jews! She's doing Allah's work! How much do you want to bet that she got pregnant specifically for the purpose of carrying out this attack? To do so would be fully consistent with the Palestinian-Islamofacist ideology.

The Palestinian culture has now reached the point of the aliens in the Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker trilogy whose solar system was totally encased by a cloud of dust, such that they were totally unaware of the existience of anything outside of their own system. One day they built a spacecraft and launched astronauts out beyond the dust cloud. The astronauts became the first of their civilization to see any of the rest of the universe. They looked out at the stars and the spendor of the Milky Way galaxy. And they said to each other, "It'll have to go!" And their civilization proceeded to build a bomb which, if detonated, would destroy the entire rest of the universe and everything and everyone in it.

That's where the Palestinian culture is noq. It's beyond salvation. It's a culture so poisonous that there is no saving it, or anyone in it. Small children have been raised from birth to hate everyone who is not exactly like them, and to glorify indiscriminate killing. By the time they are five, they are openly carrying automatic weapons and begging for the chance to be suicide bombers. Their entire society reinforces that message. It cannot be overcome; it can only be contained or destroyed.

Further: Right now there is an enormous concentration of anti-Western personnel and leadership in Gaza. We have the chance to get them all at one fell swoop. If we destroy Gaza, we not only eliminate a huge source of ongoing security problems for the West, we also deliver an absolutely clear message to the West Bank. The one and only thing they will respect is an overwhelming show of force. If we do it, then we have a chance of being able to contain the problems in the West Bank, take over the government and educational systems there, and begin raising a generation of Palestinians who will start to undo the culture of homicidial hysteria. It will take two generations at least, but the problem will be manageable. On the other hand, if we do nothing, the West Bank will see Hamas as the strongest side and it will eventually go the way Gaza has gone. Once that happens, Israel will fall... and nuclear war will occur in the Mideast. By kiling some people in Gaza now, we avoid the deaths of many, many more later.

<a href="http://commonsense... (Below threshold)
Julie:

http://commonsense.jasegraves.com/2007/01/29/gaza-violence--internal-power-grab-or-solidification-of-real-estate-empire--ask-dahlan.aspx

note the names. Dahlan was missing (for knee surgery in Egypt) during the Hamas takeover. Salam Fayyad has now been appointed Prime Minister.

http://commonsense.jasegraves.com/2007/01/08/us-funds-going-to-al-qaeda-in-palestine-via-mohammed-dahlan.aspx

Read stuff from Israel people, you'll never find out the truth reading US papers or watching US news.

Here's a little more to educate you and broaden your horizons. Stop acting like little sheep, you're destroying our country.

http://commonsense.jasegraves.com/2006/12/26/graham-fuller-former-vicechair-of-cias-national-intelligence-council-cites-israeli-occupation-itself-as-peace-impediment.aspx
http://people.bu.edu/arn/CK/Speaker%20Info.htm




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