A Palestinian National Unity Government?

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Yoni Ben Menachem - Last week, representatives of all the Palestinian factions concluded a three-day meeting in Moscow to reach a national reconciliation. At the conclusion, senior Fatah and Hamas officials announced progress on setting up a national unity government. However, Palestinians have already witnessed 12 years of meetings, statements, and press conferences by the Palestinian factions on national reconciliation, but nothing has happened on the ground. The fact that the official PA media has ignored the "Moscow statement" indicates that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is not overly impressed with it. PA sources assess that the statement was mainly intended to please the Russian foreign minister and enable him to portray the Moscow meeting as an "achievement."

2017-01-25 00:00:00

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