On Friday, Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, once again stated that his group would never recognize Israel. He also claimed there was a "fifth column" working against the Hamas led government. "What is going on now in the Palestinian Authority is not opposition, rather a plot to undermine the new government," he said. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Sha'arr called on Friday for Palestinian leaders to "moderate" their public statements.
This seems to be a result of the appointment of Jamal Abu Samhadana as chief of a new security force comprised of Hamas members. Samhadana has said that his new position would not halt his involvement in attacks on Israel. He is also number 2 on Israel's most wanted list.
Samhadana is one of the founders of the Popular Resistance Committees, a terrorist group that blew up several Israeli tanks in Gaza and killed three US security guards in a deadly bombing attack on a US diplomatic convoy.
While there are some signs that there are Palestianians who realize outrageous rhetoric is counterproductive, Hamas seems more intent on setting up a ministry of terrorism, than resolving the pepetual problems that have prevented a Palestinian state.
Hat tip to The Jerusalem Post.