Ed O’Loughlin’s "analysis" in today's Melbourne Age is most illuminating. It tells us little that we don’t already know about the current situation in the Palestinian territories but it does tell us a lot about where he stands in respect of the conflict in this region.
Most readers know there is very little sympathy for Israel but O'Loughlin's look at the new Hamas ascendency and Fatah’s attempts to counter the fundamentalist movement is problematic. A reading of US-Backed Abbas risks being tagged 'Quisling' tells us that as far as O’Loughlin is concerned, Palestinians today are faced with two choices.
You either fall in behind Hamas – an organization which openly declares its intention to destroy Israel and to ethnically cleanse the region of Jews (Hamas Charter – Article 7) or alternatively, if you want to negotiate with Israel you are labelled a "Quisling".
Whichever way you look at it, it's pure Hamas propaganda. It's all about the wielding of power by the different Palestinian armed groups and not about reconciliation between the Palestinians and the Israelis. There is, of course, no room in this analysis for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.