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Hamas supporters protest against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to postpone Palestinian elections, in Gaza Strip Hamas supporters protest against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to postpone Palestinian elections, in Jebaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip, April 30, 2021 (AP photo by Adel Hana).

Palestinian Politics Are More Divided Than Ever

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The cease-fire that entered into force last Friday brought an end to 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, leaving behind at least 248 Palestinian and 12 Israeli dead, as well as untold destruction in Gaza. Yet even as the fragile truce is holding thus far, the power struggle between the two largest Palestinian parties—Hamas and its rival, Fatah—seems poised to only intensify.

The most recent round of violence was the fourth since 2007, when Hamas violently wrested control of Gaza after winning elections the previous year. It took place against the backdrop of an intense political crisis triggered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to call, then cancel, the first round of Palestinian national elections since that 2006 vote. Abbas’ Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority from the city of Ramallah, in the West Bank, was largely seen as irrelevant during the Gaza conflict, and is reeling from internal divisions that were exposed and deepened by the ill-conceived election gambit. ...

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