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Palestinians v. Palestinians: The fight for power
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, May 19, 2007

Meanwhile in the peaceful Palestinian enclave of Gaza:
Negotiators from the rival Hamas and Fatah movements reached a new cease-fire deal Saturday, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said.

The agreement was worked out in a meeting at the Egyptian Embassy in Gaza, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.

Previous agreements reached in the past week of deadly factional fighting quickly collapsed, and it was not clear if this one would hold. Under the new truce agreement, both sides pledged to pull their fighters off the streets and to exchange hostages later Saturday.
Of course the reason the previous agreements have quickly collapsed is those negotiating the cease fires have little or no control over the rival factions shooting and killing each other. Consequently we see cease fire after cease fire announced and within the hour, broken.

Additionally, Hamas takes advantage of the violence to lob rockets into Israel:
The Hamas rocket barrage on Israeli border towns came during a week of deadly clashes between the Islamic militant group and Abbas' Fatah movement. A series of Israeli air strikes has driven Hamas fighters out of their bases and prompted accusations that Israel is helping Fatah.
Paranoia strikes deep, eh? But the Hamas claim that Israeli retaliation for the attacks they initiated means they're helping Fatah is an indicator of how deeply the rift between Hamas and Fatah has become.

And the carnage continues:
In Gaza City, Hamas and Fatah gunmen clashed near the Islamic University, a Hamas stronghold, and two Fatah fighters were injured.

The weeklong Hamas-Fatah fighting has killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded dozens. The clashes have all but destroyed a coalition deal between the two rivals.
Reading about this particular flareup has me thinking it will get worse before it gets better. As stated, it appears that the factions fighting and those negotiating are two separate groups with the latter having little if any control over the former. Until that control is established or until the fighting factions burn themselves out, this will go on indefinitely. In the end, however, if they do manage to kiss and make up, they'll find a way to blame it all on Israel and US foreign policy, and much of the world will nod in agreement.
 
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If ONLY the Israelis wouild stop their interfering and the US would withdraw from the Middle East, then saner heads, in the region and the UN could prevail....alas the Imperial US and it’s Comprador stooge, Israel, will not allow this. I wish that the Sainted Jim-muh were World President for Life/Dictator, he could produce results in the region!

As Dr. Erb is fighting the Black Flies in Maine today, with ecologically sound and carbon-neutral techniques he can not post, so I have done it for him.

Don’t thank me Scott, it was MY pleasure.
 
Written By: Joe
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So, what’s worked better for Israel? Occupying Gaza indefinitely, getting hit by rockets, killing Palestinians back-and-forth for a few decades?

Or getting out, getting hit by rockets, and letting Palestinians kill each other?

The second one allows for eventual change. The first one is a recipe for stagnation.

Parallels to the country next door? Cover your eyes.
 
Written By: glasnost
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Sorry, Joe. Can’t give you better than an 8. It just isn’t sufficient anymore to refer vaguely to "saner heads" prevailing. You must name Iran and urge Iran on as a key player here. And try lauding the Guardian Council’s pragmatism, okay?
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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It’s the seventh sign: I agree with Glasnost....

Heck, if I were the Israelis, I’d be sending in commando squads dressed up in Hamas / Fatah uniforms.....

Well, that and lacing the water supply with chemicals that cause sterility.... but I never said I was a nice guy.
 
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