Hamas wins the fur-lined jackpot
The unity agreement signed in Mecca last Thursday marked a major victory for Hamas. Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh could not have hoped for a greater achievement.
Even amid the pressure exerted by the Suadi king, Hamas would not waver and came out stronger as far as the internal Palestinian arena is concerned, and much stronger in the eyes of the Arab world and the international community.
Hamas did not relinquish its rule or ideology, did not recognize Israel or renounce terror and did not agree to acknowledge past agreements with Israel. In return for this inflexible stance it received the unity government that it wanted so much.
The last best hope for a peaceful settlement in the Holy Land has died with the adoption of this "unity" agreement. The ideology of Hamas has as it's primary objective the destruction of the Jewish state, and secondarily, to drive the Jews into the sea. Any past agreements with Abu Mazen, Arafish, or anyone else in position of authority with the Palestinian arabs have been officially abrogated: Null and void. They are still on the US Government's list of terrorist organizations, but this agreement will open up an avenue for them to receive much needed money from the world community. This is especially important, because Hamas has absolutely no intention of creating a functioning government, or promoting the legitimate economy, or helping move the Palestinian arabs from the 7th century into the 21st.