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Palestinian unity raises new problems as it solves others (Hamas-Fatah Unity Gov.)
Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/28/2011 | David E. Miller

Posted on 04/28/2011 12:47:26 PM PDT by mojito

The memorandum signed by the Fatah and Hamas movements on Wednesday, aimed at ending a four-year-old political division, creates as many problems as it solves, experts warned.

The agreement calls for an interim Palestinian government of technocrats, followed by presidential and parliamentary elections one year after the agreement is signed on May 4. But the agreement leaves out a lot of critical issues to the Palestinian future, including Palestinian statehood, the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, control of security forces and the future of Western financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Although Fatah and Hamas have been bitter enemies, Palestinian analysts said they were optimistic the agreement would be implemented. The fact that Israel and the US oppose an agreement with Hamas, which they designated a terrorist organization, counts for little these day in Palestinian decision marking, said Sameeh Hamoudeh, a political scientist at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah.

"Fatah has despaired of international approval," Hamoudeh told The Media Line. "Today Fatah is more inclined to please the Arab world, which has pushed for a compromise."

One of the main stumbling blocks facing Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Fatah-controlled PA, in his bid for international recognition of Palestinian statehood has been the lack of political control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. With a unity agreement in hand, Abbas will be able to come to the world as president of a single Palestinian entity, as prescribed by the Oslo accords signed with Israel.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fatah; hamas
Another grim development in the ME.
1 posted on 04/28/2011 12:47:31 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito
Palestinian unity ALWAYS raises new problems as it solves FEW others
2 posted on 04/28/2011 12:51:37 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: mojito

This may last till September when the Palis are making their UN bid for unilateral statehood.

Then they will resume killing each other, the Muslim way.


3 posted on 04/28/2011 1:48:05 PM PDT by dervish (One person's Libyan al Qaeda terrorist is another person's Libyan freedom fighter)
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4 posted on 04/28/2011 5:17:37 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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