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Despite Their Talk, Reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah Isn’t on the Horizon - Mosaic
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Despite Their Talk, Reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah Isn’t on the Horizon

Recently Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, which rules parts of the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules Gaza, have declared plans to set aside their differences and hold elections for a new Palestinian Authority (PA) government to preside over both territories together. These would be the first Palestinian elections in fifteen years. Calling this promise the two rival parties’ “hoariest, least convincing talking point,” Hussein Ibish predicts that it will come to naught:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority

A Senior Saudi Political Figure Takes the Palestinian Leadership to Task

In an extended television interview with an Arab broadcaster, Prince Bandar bin Sultan—who served for twenty years as the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., for a decade as head of the Saudi National Security Council, and two years as intelligence chief—responded forcefully to the Palestinian claim that the Gulf states have, by normalizing relations with Israel, “stabbed the Palestinians in the back.” Defending Saudi devotion to the Palestinian cause, Prince Bandar delivered a lengthy history of his country’s role in the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which he bluntly upbraided Palestinian leaders, and Yasir Arafat above all, for squandering chances at statehood and for their lack of “ethics.” While Bandar’s sentiments can hardly be described as pro-Israel, he asserted that the Palestinian leaders are every bit as responsible as the Jewish state for the plight of their people:

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More about: Israel-Arab relations, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, Yasir Arafat