Rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas have officially put aside their differences and announced the formation of a new and unified Palestinian government.
Following the historic UN vote on Palestine’s ‘non member observer status,’ the Abbas led Fatah, who govern the West Bank and Khaled Mashaal’s Hamas, who control the Gaza Strip, have agreed to strengthen Palestinian power and solidarity by creating – FATAS.
The unveiling of Fatas was announced overnight in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas and Mashaal believe that the creation of Fatas will lend considerable weight to an eventual two state solution. On the streets the Palestinian people celebrated,
‘Our Fatas is strong and proud – all Palestinians should embrace the Fatas! Long live the Fatas!’ sang these enthusiastic supporters.
‘We love our Fatas and we want all the children of Palestine to grow up with a Fatas!’ exclaimed this supporter group.
‘Thanks to our Fatas we now have hope for peace and Israeli cannot knock us down!’ said these women.
Reaction in Tel Aviv was somewhat less celebratory, ‘To be honest, tonight’s announcement of the Fatas party stinks,’ bellowed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ‘we cannot tolerate this Fatas in our region. This decision to create Fatas is crap and this Fatas will cause a stain on the peace process and will endanger the security of our civilians. There is no room to accommodate such a Fatas at the peace table.’
News of Fatas’ birth erupted on social media and many Hollywood celebrities have tweeted their support for Fatas including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, rapper Sir Mixalot and filmmaker Michael Moore. Moore has already announced plans to document the parties first year in power, with the working title of the eventual movie, ‘The rise of the Fatas.’
In Australia, Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered her qualified support, ‘There has been criticism of Fatas, although from my personal experience and in moving forward, I think a Fatas is not such a bad thing.’
The American reaction to Fatas has been enthusiastic with President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton both declaring that they are ‘big fans’ of Fatas and that they hope, ‘this great nation can work closely and personally with Fatas in the future.’
It remains to be seen how powerful the Fatas movement will be. While its detractors are hoping it comes apart and ‘exposes the true nature of the Palestinian cause’ as the Yesha Council put it, supporters, of whom there seem to be plenty, are hoping that Fatas will hold together and that a wave of fresh peace talks can emanate, to solve the decade’s long conflict.