Thursday, November 19, 2009
Weakness of the Palestinians
Mahmud Abbas, the President, is resigning, throwing the Palestinian political system into chaos. The legal status of the Palestinian political system has been in flux since Hamas, the Islamist party, threw the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority out of Gaza in 2007. Hamas had won a legislative election the previous year, but a power-sharing agreement between Hamas and Fatah failed. There are now parallel ministries and security services in the two territories. The official term of Mr. Abbas’s presidency has already ended, and the term of the legislative council is scheduled to end in January. The future is uncertain at best.