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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

After Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Palestinian unity government on rocks

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Looking across a traffic-clogged intersection of this city in a rare pocket that has been untouched by war, a tall police officer considered his list of enemies. At the top, he said, was the “unity government,” which in June joined the two main Palestinian political factions. A reconciliation agreement in April between the two parties — Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which has the majority of its support in the West Bank — was supposed to bring about a shared government under the umbrella of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and mean that the officer and 40,000 other Hamas workers in Gaza would finally get paid after being shortchanged for months. But it didn’t work out that way. “There is no credibility with” the new government, seethed the officer, who said his job did not allow him to comment publicly on politics. “Mahmoud Abbas is lying,” he said of the Palestinian Authority president. “For seven years, he has been asking for unity, for reconciliation, but once he took over the government, nothing happened, nothing of the promises made, and I haven’t gotten paid.”

Read More:After Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Palestinian unity government on rocks – The Washington Post.

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