Close, But No Cigar

Boy, didn’t see this coming!

Representatives of various Palestinian factions who met in Cairo over the weekend in a renewed bid to end the dispute between Hamas and Fatah concluded their discussions without reaching agreement on the formation of a Palestinian unity government and holding new elections, Palestinian officials said Saturday.

Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, held Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the failure of the Egyptian-sponsored “reconciliation talks.

Abu Marzouk said that Abbas tried once again to raise issues which the two sides had already been agreed upon.

“If Abbas wants the reconciliation to proceed, he should refrain from raising issues that we had already reached agreement about,” the Hamas official said. “Instead, Abbas should be implementing what has already been agreed upon between Hamas and Fatah.”

Hanna Amireh, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that differences erupted between Hamas and Fatah as soon as they started talking about the details regarding the formation of a unity government and holding new presidential and legislative elections. He said the two sides also failed to reach agreement on holding new elections for the PLO’s parliament-in-exile, the Palestine National Council.

According to Amireh, the Fatah and Hamas representatives were unable to agree on the dates for forming a new government and holding elections.

Rabah Muhanna, a representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who attended the Cairo discussions, said that the gap between Hamas and Fatah remains as wide as ever.

An honest question: how can Israel have a partner in peace among the Palestinian Arabs when they don’t have a partner with each other?

Seriously.

It’s also a rhetorical question, since I know Israel has no such partner in peace, only mass murderers who haven’t murdered en masse. Yet. Much.

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