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9.11.2006

Did Blair Scoop Lazy Bush Administration? >>Breaking<< Hamas- Fatah Agree to Set Up Unity Governmentt!

Remember when Blair was champing at the bit to go muck around in the Middle East during the G8 meeting. He wasn't just playing a part.

He apparently meant it. The dude goes over there and things happen.

Of course, he might have been pushed into being something other than Bush's shadow because of his problems at home with his own party, but still...

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced Monday that the governing Hamas movement and his rival Fatah party have agreed on the principles of a power-sharing government and may soon form a new cabinet to lead the beleaguered Palestinian Authority.

Under the plan, Abbas, the authority's president, is to dissolve the current Hamas-led cabinet within 48 hours.


Aren't most of those guys being held by the Israelis anyway?

Abbas would then nominate the current Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas officials said, to assemble a coalition cabinet that would include members of his party, Fatah, other factions, and so-called technocrats unaligned with the leading movements.

Details of the agreement mark the first time Hamas has tacitly endorsed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if not explicitly the Jewish state's right to exist.


This is good because as BBC noted the other day: Gaza is coming to a breaking point, even for those people who have suffered for so long at the hands of their neighbors.

Questions remain about whether the money return to the Palestinian Authority. Read the Post article for more on that.

Statements by interested parties from Reuters (which has a nifty interactive map):
ISREALI FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MARK REGEV:

If the Palestinian government renounces violence, recognises Israel and agrees to abide by interim peace deals, "this would open the door to accelerated talks and create new momentum in the peace process".

HAMAS SPOKESMAN SAMI ABU ZUHRI:

"Hamas will continue to have its political agenda and in relation to the occupation we will never recognise the legitimacy of the occupation."

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR'S SPOKESMAN:

"Can I welcome the announcement by Abbas that he believes that he has reached a basis for a national unity government after his talks in Gaza."

"Of course we have to see the details, but potentially this is a highly significant announcement. We will wait and see the detail of how this unfolds over the coming days."

BASSAM ZAKARNEH, HEAD OF PALESTINIAN EMPLOYEES' UNION, HOLDING STRIKE OVER UNPAID GOVERNMENT SALARIES:

"We will not end our strike unless we receive guarantees from the president and the prime minister that our demands will be met."

ZAKARIA AL-QAQ, VICE PRESIDENT AT AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY:

"The (Abbas) presidency is not in any better shape than the (Hamas) prime minister. Both of them are fighting for their political survival."

"The president is handicapped, is not able to deliver anything. The people feel that the presidency is totally absent. The prime minister is also not able to deliver the needs of the people.

"This could be a face-saving measure for the presidency and the prime minister -- and the international community -- because they are afraid, if the situation continues, it could spill over."
"onto the streets", I assume is the unspoken part of that statement.