From the New York Sun:
American-run programs that train Fatah militias were instrumental in the "success" of the Palestinian intifada that began in 2000, a senior Fatah militant told The New York Sun.
"I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than one thousand Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings," a senior officer of President Abbas's Force 17 Presidential Guard unit, Abu Yousuf, said.
America has longstanding training programs at a base in the West Bank city of Jericho for members of Force 17, which serves as de facto police units in the West Bank, and for another major Fatah security force, the Preventative Security Services.
This weekend diplomatic security officials announced that the State Department will begin training Force 17 again this year in an effort to bolster Mr. Abbas against Hamas, which took over the Gaza Strip in June when the terror group easily defeated American-backed Fatah forces in the territory.
Meanwhile, those lovable moderates from Fatah (the ones whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel), while they collect hundreds of millions in U.S. funding and resources, are reportedly in secret negotiations for a rapprochement with Hamas. They have even begun releasing Hamas detainees. Maybe soon we'll be able to fund and train all of them together — y'know, as part of that "peace process."