Monday, March 06, 2006

Interesting period in Palestine.

The first step taken by the Hamas dominated Palestinian parliament was to rescind the measures taken by the previous Fatah dominated parliament in its last session. Fatah was trying to transfer as many powers to Abbas as possible prior to the handover to Hamas. The idea was that Abbas keeps control over the security forces, the appointment of judges and many other powers, leaving the Hamas with a platform for talking but nothing more.....

So now the question is what Abbas/Fatah will do. Will they accept the loss of these powers or will there be a showdown. In any showdown Hamas loses. Parliament can get disbanded, and any protests can be put down by military force. The question is whether Abbas and Fatah are ready to go to the brink, because if not then they should prepare their Paris retirement apartments...

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