He points out that the new congress includes some moderates, some hardliners, and almost everything in between.
I would highly recommend his column, which can be summarized in the following extract:
On balance, I would say it [The Fatah Congress] is slightly more moderate than its predecessor but the difference should not be exaggerated. For example, there are at least four members of the 18 who are capable of leading a war on Israel. Another four--including Fatah's probable future leaders--are extremely hardline. At the same time, though, there are also a number of individuals who have many Israeli contacts and who can pick up a phone and call or be called by counterparts.What I though was interesting was the way it was covered in the media, looking at the following headlines you would think that these publications were all covering different events:
There are a wide range of views from hardline to relatively dovish. Nevertheless, this is neither a group that will make peace with Israel nor one which will ally with Hamas. In other words, this is a group which Israel can work with on status quo issues but not on a comprehensive agreement.
- Associated Press:
New Fatah leadership boosts Mideast peace efforts
Young leaders dominate Fatah vote
Early results show major loss for Fatah party's old guard
Fatah showed Palestinians democracy is more than just a slogan
- Arutz 7:
Terrorist Marwan Barghouti Elected to Fatah Central Committee
- Jerusalem Post:
New faces of an unreformed, hard-line Fatah