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The Siren Song of Elliott Abrams

The Siren Song of Elliott Abrams

*http://www.counterpunch.org/christison07262007.html
<http://www.counterpunch.org/christison07262007.html>*

*July 26, 2007*

*A CounterPunch Special Report*


 /Thoughts on the Attempted Murder of Palestine/


 The Siren Song of Elliott Abrams

By KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst

"Coup" is the word being widely used to describe what happened in Gaza
in June when Hamas militias defeated the armed security forces of Fatah
and chased them out of Gaza. But, as so often with the manipulative
language used in the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, the
terminology here is backward. Hamas was the legally constituted,
democratically elected government of the Palestinians, so in the first
place Hamas did not stage a coup but rather was the target of a coup
planned against it. Furthermore, the coup -- which failed in Gaza but
succeeded overall when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas,
acting in violation of Palestinian law, cut Gaza adrift, unseated the
Palestinian unity government headed by Hamas, and named a new prime
minister and cabinet -- was the handiwork of the United States and Israel.

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