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Palestinian Unity Gov't to Resign over Gaza

Over a year ago, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas formed a “unity” government, with the plan of governing both the West Bank and Gaza. Other than their shared animosity toward Israel, the two parties have been unable to cooperate, and The Times of Israel reports that the Palestinian Authority is about to resign because of its inability to act in the Gaza Strip:

“The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza,” said Amin Maqbul, secretary general of the ruling Fatah movement’s Revolutionary Council…

Hamas ruled Gaza for seven years but its administration stepped down last June when the Ramallah-based consensus government was sworn in.

Comprised of independent technocrats, the government lineup was agreed by both Fatah and Hamas and was given a mandate to govern both the West Bank and Gaza, ending seven years of separate administrations.

But in practice, it has been unable to extend its authority to Gaza, which was devastated by a deadly 50-day war with Israel last summer and where Hamas remains the de facto power.

Tags: Palestinian Authority , Gaza

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