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Opinion by Gadi Dotz

The mainstream media has tried to portray Fatah as somehow being more "moderate" than Hamas.  Contributor Gadi Dotz disagrees.  Below is his letter, published by The Wall Street Journal:

Fatah's Constitution Calls for Zionist 'Eradication'

The analysis of the conflict between rival Palestinian Arab factions and Fatah in the June 16 commentary "Hot Topic: Hamas in Gaza: What Does It Mean?" was informative, but contained one error. Nick Timiraos writes that Fatah "has acknowledged Israel's right to exist." To this very day, the group's official constitution, available in English on their Web site, calls for the "Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence" (Article 12) through "armed struggle" (Article 19).

In your editorial "Hot Topic: Arafat's Children" in the same issue, you correctly identify Fatah's erstwhile leader Yasser Arafat as an unreformed terrorist who deceived the West by calling for peace while continuing his support of suicide bombings. For this deception he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which was, ironically, stolen from his Gaza City home by Hamas terrorists.

Unfortunately, the U.S. is committing the same mistake today by empowering Mahmoud Abbas, who has repeatedly pledged to follow in Arafat's path. Abbas, who wrote his Ph.D. thesis denying the Holocaust, has mastered his mentor's art of doublespeak, telling the West he recognizes Israel while at the same time telling his people the complete opposite in Arabic. On Oct. 3, 2006, Mr. Abbas stated on Al-Arabiya and PA TV that "It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah, or of the Popular Front to recognize Israel."