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The Palestinian factions at dagger point have reached an accord, the Jerusalem Post reports, that will replace the current government. Ismail Haniyeh has apparently agreed to step down as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, although no one knows who will replace him:
Hamas and Fatah have reached an agreement on the establishment of a unity government in the Palestinian Authority, senior Palestinian sources told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported late Sunday night.
According to Army Radio, the sources said that current PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will not head the unity government, but have not yet revealed who will. Haniyeh and PA President Mahmoud Abbas are expected to meet in the next few days.
Will this actually happen? It's been rumored for weeks now. Abbas got tired of waiting a couple of weeks back and started threatening to form a technocracy of appointed apolitical experts with or without Hamas, a threat he leveled again recently.
If the Palestinians want to repair the damage done to their standing, they'd better hope this report is true. Hamas leadership has left them broke and under siege. The free-for-all in the territories has reduced them to little more than gang turf. They have proven that Hamas cannot govern in a representative government, but only know how to rule by the bullet.Sphere It View blog reactions
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