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Switch to Forum Live View Hamas prepares to abandon unity agreement with Abbas
6 years ago  ::  Mar 19, 2012 - 6:16PM #1
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About that unity thing - ummmm - maybe not

Hamas prepares to abandon unity agreement with Abbas

With Islamist groups on the rise around the Arab world, Hamas is confident it can rule by itself

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Efforts to reunify the Palestinians behind one leadership appear to have hit a dead end: Hamas leaders ruling the Gaza Strip have concluded that subordinating themselves to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would be wasting a golden opportunity offered by the Arab Spring.

The thinking, as revealed in interviews with top Hamas officials, is that the regional rise of political Islam in the wake of the past year’s uprisings means this is the time for their Islamic militant group to dominate.
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Neither side has moved toward implementing the deal since it was signed.

That may partly be due to Abbas’ own reservations about an alliance with the Islamic militants, which could cost him Western backing. Aides have said Abbas wants to keep his options open until after the U.S. presidential election in November, hoping a second-term President Barack Obama, freed from domestic constraints, will push hard for a deal on Palestinian statehood.

On the other hand, Hamas figures opposing the Qatar deal say the movement should not make any decisions before the Egyptian presidential election in late May. The Brotherhood is the strongest political force in Egypt, and the presidential ballot could translate that growing influence into real power.
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We are living in a country with two governments, and aren’t even able to live,” said Munther Abu Hattab, standing outside the post office. “We hope that reconciliation will work, but on the ground, there is no reconciliation.”

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Hamas does not want peace either with Fatah or with Israel. Hamas wants Hamas - period!

Then there is the problem that Abbas who can not keep his own people together can hardly be expected to be a reliable partner for peace. 
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6 years ago  ::  Mar 20, 2012 - 11:31AM #2
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Shocking. Absolutely shocking!

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