The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday rejected an appeal from the Quartet to dismantle armed militias and called on the international community to stop meddling in the Palestinians' internal affairs. Ministers of the Quartet – the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union – said in a joint statement Tuesday that following Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip, Palestinians needed to "dismantle terrorist capabilities and infrastructures."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the appeal, saying the Palestinians knew how to handle their own affairs. "With regard to the issue of the armed Palestinian groups and our dealings with them, this is an internal affair," he told reporters during a tour of Rafah. "We know more and are more capable than others of dealing with our brothers."
Abbas called for an end to the presence of armed militiamen in Palestinian streets. Terror groups have, however, promised Abbas to end all military parades after Saturday, a Hamas official said Wednesday. The official, Said Siam, said the groups made the commitment in a meeting with Abbas in Gaza City.
Of course, Chairman Abbas knows best on how to handle his terrorist brethren. I give it less than nine months before the Gaza Strip becomes the premier staging ground for attacks on the Israeli state. If this report is even half-way accurate, how long before Hamas, Islamic Jihad or even Fatah meets a SAM-14 Strela anti-air missile that it wouldn’t fire at an EL AL jet? Brings new meaning to the calls for next year in Jerusalem doesn’t it?