Israel is preparing to build 2,500 homes in its communites in Judea and Samaria. It also plans a new Palestinian industrial park near Hebron, the ancient capital of King David and burial site of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekkah, Jacob and Leah. The PLO, under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, is apoplectic, calling the collective move a "war crime."
Fatah is a two-faced hydra; one face tells the English-speaking world that it seeks a peaceful settlement with Israel, while the other face, in Arabic, tells the truth: it is committed to an armed struggle and the "liberation of Palestine" and is even preparing for war with Israel.
Palestinian leaders have refused to participate in a peace summit in Cairo unless the Jewish state meets several of their preconditions.
As reported by the Times of Israel yesterday...
☛ Hostility towards the Palestinian Authority (PA) seems to have reached unprecedented heights among refugee camp residents.
☛ A chat with young Palestinians in any refugee camp in the West Bank will reveal a driving sense of betrayal. In these camps, the PA seems as much the enemy as Israel. They speak of the PA as a corrupt and incompetent body that is managed by "mafia leaders." Many camp activists believe it is only a matter of time before Palestinians launch an intifada against the PA.
☛ Nablus, the largest city in the West Bank, is surrounded by a number of refugee camps that are effectively controlled by dozens of Fatah gangs that have long been terrorizing the city's wealthy clans and leading figures.
☛ Hamas, of course, is cheering on the sidelines as it watches the PA-controlled territories going to hell.