Thereby legitimizing jihad terror and the ideology that fuels it. But of course, the ideological distinction between them has never been all that sharp in the first place. From China View, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
GAZA, March 28 (Xinhuanet) — The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Islamic Jihad (Holy War) may join the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee, a senior IslamicJihad leader said Monday.
Mohamed al Hindi told reporters the issue was discussed at a meeting held late Sunday between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and senior members of the two Islamic militant groups.
He said the meeting, which he termed as positive, would pave theway for merging Jihad and Hamas into the PLO executive committee….
The scheduled meeting would focus on “bases that the organization would be built on,” the leader said, adding “all these bases are also based on what have been agreed upon in Cairo on March 17.”…
Both Jihad and Hamas, sworn to the destruction of Israel, used to oppose the principle of joining the PLO, however, they modified their stances recently by opening merge talks with the mainstream PLO and agreeing to a temporary halt to violence….