Fatah's sixth General Assembly approved a resolution endors[ing] the Aksa Martyrs Brigades [pictured above] as Fatah's official armed wing, contradicting promises made by the Fatah leadership that the Aksa Martyrs Brigades have been dismantled.
Fatah Moves "to Remove, Defeat Occupation" -Khaled Abu Toameh
Fatah's sixth General Assembly approved a political platform that emphasizes the Palestinians' right "to resist occupation in all forms."
The Fatah Congress Spectacle -Editorial
Fatah, which put Palestine on the world's agenda, is heading for the dustbin of history unless it quickly re-articulates a national platform and comes up with a credible leadership - respected by Israelis as well as Palestinians.
More U.S. PR Is Not the Answer -Jonathan Tobin
After running into a dead end in its efforts to jump-start Middle East peace talks, the White House will begin a public relations program in Israel and Arab countries to better explain the president's intention to broker a comprehensive peace agreement.
The failure of the Oslo Accords, the July 2000 Camp David summit, the withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 and last year's effort by former prime minister Ehud Olmert to hand the PA a state on a silver platter all illustrate the Palestinians' lack of interest in signing such a deal. In the clear absence of a credible peace partner, what point is there in bullying Israel to make concessions?
The idea that Israelis need to be convinced to "reflect" on their policies and change their tune is not only astoundingly arrogant, it's frankly wrong. Israelis already want peace, and have shown time and again they are ready to make sacrifices to achieve it.
What is lacking is a similar commitment from the Palestinians.