Palestinian Unity Government: Mission Impossible

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Palestinian Unity Government: Mission Impossible

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Hamas and Fatah agreed in principle to unity government, details largely sketchy.

Reportedly, the Palestinian Authority will control Gaza's border crossing with Egypt. Legislative, presidential and national elections will be held within one year.

Earlier unity deals collapsed. Consider the obstacles. Netanyahu opposes unity, saying he won't accept "imaginary appeasement where the Palestinian side is reconciling at the expense of our existence," adding:

A precondition is recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, a nonstarter straightaway. He demands Hamas dismantle its military wing, leaving itself defenseless, along with severing ties to Iran.

Hamas won't ever forego its legitimate right of resistance against oppressive occupation harshness. 

Nor will it disarm or relinquish the right to have relations
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