Can Mahmoud Abbas bring all Palestinians on board?
28-May-2009 (one comment)

When they met last summer in Ramallah, on the West Bank, Barack Obama promised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas he would be an active partner for peace, if he made it into the White House.A year later, President Obama is sitting in the Oval Office, keeping his promise to tackle the Middle East conflict from the start of his term, but he is probably wondering whether Mr Abbas is the partner he was hoping for.

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Mehdi Mazloom

Hamas & PLO under one roof?

by Mehdi Mazloom on

In reality, these two groups manifest the reality among the so-called Palestinians. If one looks closer at these two groups, re-trace their history, and  progress, it is easy to realize that, residents of Gaza and West Bank, have very little in common. Just to name a few.

1, All throughout their respective histories, these two group have  never lived under one organized government. Until 1967, Gaza was part of Egypt, and WB part of Jordan. with very little in common.

2, Unlike WB which include many biblical cities and towns, and insitution of higher learning, Gaza has no significant historical, nor a religious value to both Jews and Muslims.

3. People in Gaza are viewed by the Pals in WB as backward (much like farsis see the Arabs), and per capita less overall educated then those in WB. That is one of the  main reasons, why Hamas was more successful in Gaza then in WB.

These differences reflect the true state of unity (or luck thereof) between the Pals in WB & Gaza. Therefore, it is much doubtful, Gaza and WB ever live under a unified state with one central government.

Gaza has become a fundamentalist Islamic strip, while WB is trying to become more and more western style society with freedom of expression and economic model.