President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority embraced reconciliation with the Islamist movement Hamas on Monday, agreeing to head a unity government to prepare for elections in the West Bank and Gaza.
His move was welcomed cautiously by a broad range of Palestinians who are fed up with the brutal split at the heart of their national movement. It promised to upend Israeli-Palestinian relations, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning Mr. Abbas that he could have peace with Israel or unity with Hamas, but not both.
The agreement between Mr. Abbas, the leader of Fatah, and Khaled Meshal, the head of Hamas, was yet another convulsion in the Middle East involving the rise of political Islam...HAMAS HAS SWORN NEVER TO MAKE PEACE WITH ISRAEL OR ACCEPT ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE; THEREFORE, AS NETANYAHU'S COALITION GOVERNMENT HAS WARNED, THIS UNITY DEAL FORMALLY ENDS ANY AND ALL ILLUSIONS THAT THERE IS ANY VIABLE "PEACE PROCESS".
PERHAPS IT IS TIME FOR ISRAEL TO FORMALLY ANNEX THE WEST BANK AND ISSUE ARABS THERE RESIDENCY AND SELF RULE AT A MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY LEVEL.
ARABS WHO DON'T LIKE THIS CAN MOVE TO GAZA OR ANYWHERE ELSE THAT WILL TAKE THEM.