Hamas, Islamic Jihad discuss merger

This ought to complicate Hamas’ attempts to reconcile with Fatah, though, as this report notes, it could also conceivably result in an even more virulent jihadist conglomerate with which Israel would be expected to negotiate. “Hamas, Islamic Jihad debate joining forces,” from Agence France-Presse, January 18:

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two main Palestinian Islamist movements, are holding talks about merging their two factions, sources from both movements said Tuesday.

They could call it Even More Islamic Jihad.

At a meeting with top officials from Islamic Jihad, Gaza’s Hamas-affiliated prime minister, Ismail Haniya, called for “opening a serious dialogue to achieve the merger of the two movements,” his office said in a statement.

Islamic Jihad confirmed that talks to merge the two factions were already underway.

“An in-depth dialogue has actually begun, both internally and externally, with the aim of uniting,” Islamic Jihad spokesman Daud Shihab told AFP, referring to the group’s leadership which, like Hamas, is based in both Gaza and Damascus.

All previous attempts to merge the two Islamist movements had ended in failure, Shihab noted.

He indicated that the current talks were taking place “at the highest level” among the leaders of both factions in Gaza and Damascus, as well as among Islamist prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails.

Uniting the two movements would be “in the interest of both the Palestinian cause and the future of the Palestinian liberation movement, particularly in light of the Arab Spring,” Shihab said.

The latest statements represent the first time for Hamas and Jihad to speak publicly about merging.

The two factions have long held opposing views on government, with Jihad boycotting the last Palestinian elections in 2006 that were swept by Hamas.

The initiative to explore a merger comes as Hamas and its Fatah rival, which dominates the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, struggle to implement a reconciliation deal signed in April 2011 that has made little progress on the ground.

There are also moves to reform the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), which is internationally recognised as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, to allow Hamas and Islamic Jihad to join it.

It also comes in the wake of a series of electoral successes for Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia following the political upheavals brought on by the Arab Spring.

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  1. says

    Not really off topic: I just saw twit Piers Morgan’s interview on CNN with dhimmi Jimmy Carter.

    Carter blamed the United State for openly deeming Hamas a terrorist organization, and opined”insanely”that there would be peace in the Middle East now if it hadn’t been for the US engaging in a rare bit of actual truth-telling.

    He also noted that Christians made up about 15% of the population of the “Palestinian territories” during his administration, then *blamed Israel* for the staggering ethnic cleansing that has taken place since then.

    Never mind that it is the Muslims who are driving out, forcibly converting, and murdering Christians there. Carter seems not to have noticed. Somehow this, too, is Israel’s fault…

    He also nattered on about how the Muslim Brotherhood consolidating power in Egypt in is ‘democracy in action’.

    Carter proves again that he richly deserved his two American Dhimmi of the Year awards from Jihad Watch.

  2. says

    i am muslim and shariah is not good for anybody. i want 2 be christian bcuz my mother was christian before she married my father but i cant im only able to look @ christian web sites cuz my husband does not allow christianity in house only quran. i want 2 be free to believe but i cant cuz of shariah so have 2 follow islam only :(

  3. says

    Hamas, Islamic Jihad discuss merger

    Usually it’s a ‘dawn raid’ followed by a ‘hostile takeover’.
    How are shares in Jihad doing!

    Clowns!

  4. says

    Hi, Nawar …thank you for sharing. God sees the heart, so pray to God in the name of Jesus privately. No one can prevent you from doing that. Also, you can find websites that offer the Bible online so you can read God’s word. Be safe, and take care. God Bless you! :)

  5. says

    Nawar Fahmi wrote:

    i am muslim and shariah is not good for anybody. i want 2 be christian bcuz my mother was christian before she married my father but i cant im only able to look @ christian web sites cuz my husband does not allow christianity in house only quran. i want 2 be free to believe but i cant cuz of shariah so have 2 follow islam only :(
    ……………………………

    Thank you for writing, Nawar.

    I have a few questions”are you in the West, or in the Muslim world? You may have more options if you are in a free country. Did your mother covert to Islam out of love for your father, or was she coerced? If you did convert to Christianity, would you be under threat from your husband and “community”? It sounds like it.

    I hope we hear from you again. I would like to know more about your situation, and know if we can help at all.

    SIOA (Stop Islamization of America)helps apostates who have been threatened leave Islam.

    Here is their Facebook page:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Islamization-of-America/109113042509908

    You can contact Robert Spencer directly by clicking on the “contact” button on the left side of the page.

    Above all, stay safe, Nawar.

  6. says

    Carter, I would contend gravenimage, is the Henry Wallace of our time. Wallace, unbelievably, blamed Truman for the Cold War and not Stalin. Carter is just an update on this kind of foolish American who actually functions in the highest circles of government at one time or another. Some never learn. Wallace and Carter are sterling examples here.

  7. says

    Wellington wrote:

    Carter, I would contend gravenimage, is the Henry Wallace of our time.
    …………………………

    I agree, Wellington. Pithy analysis, as always.