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  •  Basically, Hamas governs Gaza (informally) (4+ / 0-)
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    and the PLO governs the West Bank (both de jure and de facto).  The two parts should be governed as one but Hamas had a strong showing in local elections which seemed to be followed up by basically a coup.  So now Hamas controls the poorer and more radical Gaza but can't really make inroads into the West Bank, whereas the more pragmatic PLO controls the West Bank and claims de jure right to govern Gaza but can't actually do so.  Neither party seems to have the ability to dislodge the other.

    It's a serious barrier to peace and a huge barrier to final status negotiations because the two have very divergent interests and goals and it's difficult to see how the two territories reconcile.

    Imagine, say, a nation made out of Michigan where an armed rebel group takes over the Upper Peninsula but the rest of the state is unable to do anything about it.  It's a permanent standoff.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:43:38 PM PST

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