ANALYSIS / OPINION:
Since March 30, Hamas violent protests on the Gaza-Israel border have received intense media coverage.
Tens of thousands of Gaza protesters gathered in a "March of Return" to demand everything Israel calls for Islam, Hamas leader Yahya Al-Sinwar proclaimed, "We will eradicate the borders, we will become their (Israelis) hearts and we will pray in Jerusalem. "
Responding to his call, the Palestinians rampaged on Hamas activists, throwing Molotov cocktails at the Israeli armed forces and planting IEDs to kill Israelis. Cynically, they send women and children to the fence and hope for photos of Israeli soldiers who shot them. Hamas terrorists, armed with grenades, suicide vests and weapons, want to burn thousands of tires to infiltrate the Jewish state, terrorize, kidnap and kill Israeli civilians.
Reporting the riots was overblown, biased, misleading and completely wrong. In their zeal to portray Israel in a negative light, the press has largely ignored a story they should report on: The power struggle between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the terrorist group Hamas
. Abbas reaction to the Hamas border campaign was at best lukewarm. In a press conference, he did not even mention the protests, but instead demanded that Hamas relinquish control of the entire Gaza Strip. "The Gaza Strip was kidnapped by Hamas," said Abbas. "They must immediately hand everything, especially security, to the Palestinian national consensus government."
Before the current unrest at the border and after the assassination of his Prime Minister in Gaza, Abbas threatened legal action and financial measures against Gaza in addition to the painful sanctions he had already imposed. These included cessation of payments of electricity, suspension of benefits, cuts in the salaries of thousands of local officials, and a 90 percent reduction in health care ̵
Mr. Al-Sinwar has succeeded in getting Gaza back on the international stage, and Mr Abbas fears he may lose the political advantage if the Hamas border campaign strengthens its popularity with the Palestinian public.
In an attempt to bring international credibility to Hamas and to gather domestic support in his conflict with Mr Abbas, Ismail Haniyeh, one of Hamas's leading leaders, made a speech in front of a billboard depicting images by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela were seen
A spokesman for the Palestinian Authorty (PA) from Ramallah said that the use of the images and quotes of the three famous pacifists by Hamas should cover up their crimes and insisted on Hamas being sabotaged the efforts for "national reconciliation" and continue to issue "hostile statements" against Fatah and the PA government. PLO General Secretary Saeb Erekat criticized Hamas, saying that these icons were "amazed" by Hamas's claim to "peacefulness" in the demonstrations.
Dissatisfied with Hamas' massive press coverage and eager to show that this is possible In order to mobilize the masses, Fatah has a series of rallies in support of Abbas, imprisoned leader Marwan Barghouti, and all Palestinian prisoners Launched in Israeli prisons
The leadership of the Palestinians is forked, destroying each side to destroy the other. They voluntarily sacrifice their people on the altar of self-interest. We are experiencing an internal war between a Third World Palestinian kleptocracy and a Palestinian terrorist group, which are unable to conduct themselves responsibly. But mainstream media likes to ignore this reality to sell you a fiction about the peaceful Palestinian freedom march on the Gaza border. "It's a narrative of [idiots] full of sound and anger that means nothing."
Ziva Dahl is a distinguished journeyman with the news and politics group Haym Salomon Center.