From World Net Daily --
JERUSALEM – The United States last week sent diplomatic messages to the Palestinians that if aid were requested, America would bolster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah organization in clashes against Hamas, including providing Fatah with U.S. weapons, according to senior Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic sources.
The sources said Maj. Gen. Keith Dayton, the U.S. security coordinator for the Gaza Strip and West Bank, passed messages to Abbas that America would aid Fatah with assault rifles and ammunition if the assistance is needed. The sources also said Dayton urged Israel to provide assistance to bolster Abbas' security forces in Gaza, particularly Force 17, Abbas' security detail which also serve as de facto police officers.
U.S. policy largely considers Fatah "moderate," while the State Department labels Hamas a terror group.
The reported U.S. willingness to send weapons to Fatah comes after WND reported Hamas last week obtained a shipment of American rifles sent in recent months. More....
This from a previous post I had about Hamas & Fatah --
Abu Oubaida, a spokesman for Hamas so-called "military wing," told WND his terror group will obtain any weapons transferred to Fatah militias or purchased by Fatah using the incoming U.S. aid.
"I am sure that like in the past, this $86 million from America will find its way to the Hamas resistance via the honorable persons in the Fatah security organizations, including in Force 17.
I thought we were fighting a War on Terror, not arming the terrorists!