On ABC TV's "Q&A" on May 21, panellist Randa Abdel-Fattah, an Australian writer of Egyptian-Palestinian background, made a series of false or misleading allegations against Israel. While some of the other panelists disagreed with her on some of her points, particularly Australian Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan, they were repeatedly cut off by program host Tony Jones. In any event, many of her allegations were left unchallenged and are in need of correction for the public record.
So here's AIJAC's "fisking" of Ms. Abdel-Fattah's claims.
Amid reports that 82-year-old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seriously ill, today's Update looks at potential successors. There is much reported activity going on behind the scenes, with Pinhas Inbari reporting that Fatah's various military warlords are rearming to strengthen their positions in case of violence breaking out. Plus, we include analysis of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's Washington visit to address the annual America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference and meeting with US President Donald Trump...
The likeliest explanation for Hamas' sudden shift is the change in its leadership. Earlier this year, the results of the group's secret internal elections were announced as Ismail Haniyeh, a former prime minister in the unity government of 2007, and Yahya Sinwar, a hardline leader of Hamas' military wing, became the number one and number two leaders of the faction. Both represent a shift in Hamas' centre of gravity from the exiled political class abroad back to the Gaza-based military leadership.
With Fatah-Hamas negotiations over a unity government and other arrangements for Gaza starting in Cairo today, this Update looks at the issues being discussed, the likelihood of success, and in particular, whether Hamas is seeking what has been described as a 'Hezbollah model". This would be a situation, like Hezbollah's in Lebanon, whereby the PA would run civilian services in Gaza, but Hamas would have all military power in the strip.