The Latest Palestinian Reconciliation Effort Is Their Best Hope for Unity in Years

Hamas’ leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, left, and the head of its political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, welcome members of Egypt’s intelligence security delegation, Gaza City, Oct. 3, 2017 (AP photo by Khalil Hamra).
Hamas’ leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, left, and the head of its political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, welcome members of Egypt’s intelligence security delegation, Gaza City, Oct. 3, 2017 (AP photo by Khalil Hamra).
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There are few things more important to average Palestinians than seeing reconciliation between their two main political factions, Fatah and Hamas. For a decade, the Palestinian political system has been divided between them, with Fatah governing in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. While the split has suited the parochial interests of both factions, which have been able to manage affairs in their respective enclaves uncontested by the other, it has been disastrous to Palestinians as a whole and to the national interest of ending Israel’s military occupation. Last week, Fatah and Hamas embarked on a new […]

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