Fatah-Hamas Form a Unity Government

For years, Fatah and Hamas have rivaled one another, yet this past Thursday, they have formed a unity government between these two main Palestinian factions. Last week, Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, announced that the two sides have agreed on a prime minister of the new unity government, Rami Hamdallah. He will form a new transitional government, working together.

(From L to R) Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed, Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya and Hamas deputy leader Musa Abu Marzuk pose for a photo.

(From L to R) Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed, Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya and Hamas deputy leader Musa Abu Marzuk pose for a photo.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that it will not negotiate with any government that includes Hamas because they are a recognized terrorist organization that refuses to recognize the Jewish state.

The United States views Hamas as a terrorist group, and yet, the United States announced that it will work with the new Palestinian Hamas-Fatah Unity Government. Monday night Jerusalem slammed the United States for this alignment. According to The Times of Israel, Israeli “Officials said that rather than cooperating with a government backed by a terror group, Washington ought to be urging Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to disband his pact with Hamas and resume peace negotiations with Israel.”

How will this new alignment of the United States with the Palestinian unity government affect our relationship with our long-time ally, Israel? Why would we support a government known to be terrorists? How can we allies with two enemies?

Scripture tells us that in the last days, all nations would come against Israel. Is the United States headed in this direction now?

Please pray that our government leaders will see that we cannot sit on the fence with this issue. We need to choose sides and if we want favor from God, then it is clear that we are to side with Israel.

 “I (God) will bless those who bless you (Israel); and I will curse him who curses you.” Genesis 12:3