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Palestinians Accuse Israel of Disrupting Peace — Makes No Mention of Rocket Attacks Into Israel

February 2, 2009

The Palestinian Authority today accused Israel of making the Gaza cease fire difficult on Monday.

He made no mention of the Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the situation in Gaza “remains fragile” – with “military operations” and “Israeli bombardments.”  He was speaking in Paris where he met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Israel has made no secret of the fact that it would hit Hamas in Gaza hard if it fired rockets into Israel.

The Israeli foreign minister pledged Monday to keep hitting Hamas as long as it attacks Israel, ruling out negotiations with the militant Islamic rulers of Gaza just eight days before national elections in which she is running for prime minister.

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Abbas Says He Runs Gaza, Not Hamas

February 2, 2009

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he will not hold reconciliation talks with the rival Hamas group unless it accepts his authority.

That may not be easy as Hamas is the elected government of Gaza.

And the exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, directly challenged the Palestinian Authority president’s power Wednesday, saying the group of Palestinian factions led by Abbas – known as the PLO – “in its current state is no authority.”

Today Abbas discussed the matter with Egypt’s President Mubarak in Cairo.

Hamas also has a group of diplomats in Cairo today to discuss the cease fire with Israel.

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian ... 
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal during their meeting in Cairo February 2, 2009. Abbas on Sunday ruled out dialogue with Hamas unless it recognises the supremacy of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), deepening the split between the two main Palestinian groups.REUTERS/Amr Dalsh (EGYPT)

Palestinian Authority is Big Loser in Gaza War

January 15, 2009

“The Palestinian Authority is one of the main losers in this war,” said Ghassan Khatib, an independent Palestinian analyst in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “How can it make gains in a war in which it is one of the casualties?”

Israel is proposing, with the tacit agreement of Egypt and the United States, to place the Palestinian Authority at the heart of an ambitious program to rebuild Gaza, administering reconstruction aid and securing Gaza’s borders. But that plan is already drawing skepticism. Mr. Khatib, for example, called the idea of any Palestinian Authority role in postwar Gaza “silly” and “naïve.”

By Isabel Kershner
The New York Times

But with each day, the authority, its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, and its leading party, Fatah, seem increasingly beleaguered and marginalized, even in the Palestinian cities of the West Bank, which they control. Protesters accuse Mr. Abbas of not doing enough to stop the carnage in Gaza — indeed, his own police officers have used clubs and tear gas against those same protesters.

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Gaza: Vice Tightens on Obama, Israel; Hamas, Iran Seem Gaining World Support

January 2, 2009

Israel’s war against Hamas has so far bolstered the anti-US Iran front and placed even more daunting challenges before incoming US president Barack Obama, analysts said.

It was only a little over a year ago that President George W. Bush raised hopes of rolling back Iran’s newfound clout in the region when he helped revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process in Annapolis, Maryland.

But five days of Israeli air strikes have instead raised the political fortunes of the pro-Iranian Hamas and lowered those of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas’s US-backed rival and Israel’s negotiating partner, they say.

And they point to other regional casualties.

Egypt and Jordan, key US allies and the sole Arab partners in peace with Israel, are on the back foot against charges from Arab states, radical groups and public opinion of either doing nothing to stop Israel or actually tacitly accepting the assault.

“The camp centered around Iran and Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas has more leverage as of now because of what is happening in the Arab street,” said Amr Hamzawy, an analyst with the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace.

But Hamzawy, speaking to reporters in a conference call, added that Egypt and Turkey, a US-allied Sunni Muslim state, could still change the dynamic if they can broker a “durable” ceasefire, the formula embraced by Washington.

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