|Hamas & Fatah United (Source: Google Images)|
It's official: the Palestinian Government is a Hybrid Terrorist Organisation.
"I declare to all the world, and in the name of President Abu Mazen and in the name of the executive committee [of the PLO], that the Hamas movement is a Palestinian movement, and that it was not and will not be a terrorist organization." - Saeb Erekat
The European Union and the United States of America consider Hamas a terrorist organisation (see the FTO List and the EU Common Position 2013/395/CFSP) and these are two entities that have given away billions of dollars to Palestine. We wonder whether Saeb Erekat is finally confessing that, all these years, Fatah has been sharing those funds with Hamas ...
(Side note: in the period of 2008-2012 alone, the EU sent €2.5Bn of Taxpayers' money to the Palestinians [and this was in the height of the European financial crisis]. Recently, the European Court of Auditors reported that that money was either "squandered, lost to corruption, or misspent". The US reportedly sends them $500 Million per year and it should be assumed that those funds met the same fate as the European ones)
The Palestinian Authority Perished
On the 29th of November 2012, the UN General Assembly granted Palestine statehood recognition. This fact sends us back to David Singer's article where he reminds the world that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is actually dead:
"Official documents, seals, signs and letterheads of the Palestinian National Authority official and national institutions shall be amended by replacing the name 'Palestinian National Authority' whenever it appears by the name 'State of Palestine' and by adopting the emblem of the State of Palestine." - Palestinian Decree No. 1 for the year 2013, signed by President Abbas
Many voices have said that if the PA would ever be dismantled it would be bad for Israel, but the fact is that the PA has already been terminated and Israel's situation didn't worsen because of it (ironically enough, it worsened when it went back to peace talks with the "State of Palestine" based on an expired Declaration of Principles, in the summer of 2013).
The Oslo Accords were an agreement to be respected within an interim period (of 5 years) - "The five-year transitional period will begin upon the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho area." (Article V)
Jericho has been under Palestinian control since 1994; and Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, thus complying with UN Resolution 242 that called for the "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict" meaning that since then Gaza is the de facto Palestinian State.
If it could be assumed that the Article V of the Oslo Accords was only complied in 2005 (with the withdrawal from Gaza) then it could also be assumed that the agreement expired in 2010, when by the "third year of the interim period" the PA rejected a generous offer for de juris statehood.
"The two sides view the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a single territorial unit, whose integrity will be preserved during the interim period." Article IV - this could signify that at the end of the interim period, ceteris paribus, the [illegal term] "West Bank" and the Gaza Strip could no longer be viewed as a single territorial unit; meaning that once Resolution 242 was complied by Israel, the Palestinian side could not claim Samaria & Judea.
The Levy Report Changes Everything
The International Law supports the argument that Samaria & Judea are disputed territories (until an official status is met) and that Israel is not an occupying power, explained by the Levy Report. Due to this fact, not only are the Oslo Accords presently fictitious but also the Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention does not apply to Israel's position in the disputed territories (and therefore the leverage the State of Palestine feels it has has been made redundant).
The West's leaders know all of the above well. The Israeli government knows it very well. The Arab leaders know it extremely well. Hence the diplomatic tango that we have been witnessing for years.
The truth, however, is that all of them have successively used the Arab-Israeli Conflict as a card to acquire strategic advantages:
West: it needed Arab oil until it developed itself and clean energy technologies (with Israeli know-how) to reach energetic independence.
Israel: it needed to develop its military and technological industries, until the right conditions were gathered to make its case.
Arabs: they needed a subject to blackmail the West into buying their oil and allow them to infiltrate their countries.
All sides benefited from the spoils of the Arab-Israeli conflict; but the question now is: isn't it time to write a new page in History?