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The unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah under which they will set up a joint administration that will, among other things, control Gaza is going to be regarded with scepticism in the region. The accord signed in the main intelligence headquarters in Cairo has come about because both the Palestinian sides are weak and have not discussed many divisive issues, but they do not want to be seen as blocking a deal.

The Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have very little freedom of action these days, far less than 40 years ago when they were an insurgent movement based successively in Amman, Beirut and Tunis. Driven from capital to capital, they tried to avoid becoming the permanent proxy of any single power. But the war in Iraq since 2003, and conflicts in Arabs states which once backed different Palestinian factions since the so-called Arab Spring of 2011, have pushed the Palestinian issue well down the international agenda.

Hamas has been isolated, subject to punitive sanctions and without regional allies. It will hope to use the new accord to expand its role on the West Bank and play a wider role that it has been able to do since 2007 when, after defeating Fatah in an election the previous year, it was denounced as a terrorist movement by Israel, the US and the western allies.

Gaza’s two million people have lived in conditions of near total siege ever since, a tight economic blockade imposed by Israel which means shortages of electricity, drinkable water and, above all, jobs which have left 80 per cent of the population reliant on international aid.

In these circumstances, almost any change should be a change for the better, though Palestinian experience over the last century does not confirm this. People in Gaza will hope for a degree of access to the outside world through the Rafah crossing into Egypt. But crucial issues remain unsettled such as the future role of the 25,000 Hamas fighters, giving a sense that neither Hamas nor Fatah want to give up real authority.

A previous accord in 2011 was denounced by Israel and was never implemented, but the present one may have more chance because it is backed by the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and, according to most reports, by Israel.

The so-called peace process has long been dead in the water primarily because the balance of power between Israel and the Palestinians is so decisively in favour of Israel that it is under no pressure to compromise. Israeli influence in Washington has never been higher than under President Trump, as shown by the US withdrawal from the UN cultural body Unesco, citing “anti-Israel bias”.

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For Gazans any alleviation of the conditions of siege in which they are living will be good news, but they will be dubious about the declarations of unity and cooperation between parties so deeply divided. They also know that they remain very much at the mercy of Israel and outside powers. Developments in Syria and Egypt since 2011 has left the Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank even weaker than before. The accord signed in Egypt may not change very much.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “Driven from capital to capital, they tried to avoid becoming the permanent proxy of any single power.”

    Do you sense the cognitive dissonce embodied in that sentence? They weren’t driven from those places because they were trying to avoid being used as pawns; they were driven from places like Amman because they tried to overthrow the established government. The Palestinians are not welcomed in any of the Arab lands because they have proven to be hostile guests in any land.

    “Gaza’s two million people have lived in conditions of near total siege ever since, a tight economic blockade imposed by Israel which means shortages of electricity, drinkable water and, above all, jobs which have left 80 per cent of the population reliant on international aid..”

    Maybe if they stopped raining rockets down on Israel or sending their suicide freedom fighters into Israel from these territories, the Israelis might let up. In any case, they would likely continue to be a basket case requiring international aid even if they controlled all the lands currently called Israel. I doubt the Egyptians are happy sharing a border with them, nor would Amman, Damascus, and Beirut for that matter.

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    Maybe if they stopped raining rockets down on Israel or sending their suicide freedom fighters into Israel from these territories, the Israelis might let up.
     
    A handful of rockets a month landing in open fields and causing no casualties isn't "raining rockets". In fact Hamas has instituted a crackdown on such activity, much to the satisfaction of the IDF. A grand total of four suicide bombings have taken place in the past decade. The spike in attacks against Israeli settlers and soldiers occurred in response to Israel's continued expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Far more Palestinians have been killed than Israelis over the last decade.

    In any case, they would likely continue to be a basket case requiring international aid even if they controlled all the lands currently called Israel.
     
    Palestine's incredibly low crime rates, highly literacy rates, and economically successful diaspora indicates otherwise. I'm sure if Israel lifted incredibly tight restrictions on economic activity in Palestine (remember, the building of a 3G mobile network wasn't allowed until just last year), Palestine's economy would flourish.
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  2. mya says:

    So long as the US supports the Jews occupation of Palestine there will be little change and the Palestinians will continue to be kept in histories largest concentration camp.

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  3. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The traitor kurds are army of the mass murderers and is substituted for ISIS
    pishmaghe = ISIS = Al Qaeda are trained by the CIA
    All are US terrorists against the indigenous population stealing land and resources for the interest of the ziofascists in occupied Palestine.

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/10/on-independence-catalunia-kurdistan-north-korea-and-latin-america/#more-72833

    [B: Different situation and different reality. Another issue of fundamental international concern in this period is the referendum of Iraqi Kurdistan, which is likely to become the new fuse ready to explode in that area. Would it be the new Israel in the Middle East as someone has affirmed?

    AV: Well, that is really a very serious issue. I have worked in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq already twice, even on the ‘border’ with Mosul, and what I saw there I did not like at all!

    It is clearly a ‘client’ state of the West, of Turkey and to some extent, Israel. It is shamelessly capitalist, taking land from its own people, cheating them, just in order to pump and refine huge quantities of oil. It treats Syrian refugees like animals, forcing them to make anti-Assad statements. It is turning ancient Erbil into some bizarre shopping mall with nothing public in sight. Its military top brass is mainly US/UK-trained and indoctrinated. And it provokes Baghdad, day and night.

    I really strongly disliked what I saw there. If Iraqi Kurds were allowed to have their ‘independence’, the impact on the region would be huge and certainly negative. Baghdad should not allow it, even at the cost of an armed confrontation.]

    Separatist Kurdish Factions: Human Rights Violations and Racism

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/separatist-kurdish-factions-human-rights-violations-and-racism/5613326

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  4. Why should Palestinians expect a fair deal?

    Look at Woody Allen’s defense of Harvey Wein-and-Dine.

    http://deadline.com/2017/10/harvey-weinstein-woody-allen-comments-sad-witch-hunt-1202188712/

    Allen is trying to spin this to make Hollywood Jewish bigshots the victims. Poor poor victims of a WITCHHUNT.

    Sounds familiar? Lots of Jews were implicated in spying for the USSR in the 40s and 50s. It got so bad that Stalin acquired the Bomb thanks to this Jewish network of Treason. The facts are so shocking that Jews spun the narrative into story about “anti-commnist witchhunt” to deflect blame away from radical Jews(who then worked even in Hollywood) and to distract Americans from the real big story of radical Jewish perfidy. Instead, it was turned into a story of poor saintly victims of evil McCarthy.

    But now, these same people howl and bitch about how Russia-Russia-Russia, though no longer a superpower, has infiltrated every inch of American institutions and industries. These people are utterly shameless. Anything to serve Jewish globalist tribal power.

    Btw, did Jews like Allen worry about sexual witch-hunt when Lacrosse players at Duke and a fraternity at UVA were defamed with total lies by a black whore and a Jewish journalist? No, defaming and smearing white males is a favorite sport of ‘punching nazis’. It’s a witch-hunt ONLY WHEN it affects Jews and their allies the homos.

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  5. The situation is basically hopeless for the Palestinians. After all, who is going to stop the Israelis? The answer: no one.

    What’s worse, as long as there is Palestinian resistance and any hope beating in a Palestinian heart, Israel will not relent nor comprise. Israel is holding all the cards. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse. Israel seeks unconditional surrender.

    Israel is militarily untouchable and the global Jewish community owns Washington. This fact must not be overlooked.

    Further, Israel cares nothing about Palestinian suffering. Unrelenting Palestinian pain doesn’t even register among most Israelis. These Arabs are a disposable collection of deplorable gentiles just as Nazis were. They are a bump in the road. What matters to Zionists is the security and fate of the Jewish People.

    After all, to countless millions of Zionists, Israel’s resurrection represents their greatest achievement as well as the ‘last hope’ of the Jewish people. God is at hand. Smite the Amalekites

    Israel is the embodiment of the one tiny refuge “where Jews are finally safe”. Jewish suffering. Jewish genius. Jewish innocence. The Chosen People. The Jewish People. The Holocaust. Nazi evil. Racism. Anti-Semitism. This familiar narrative–along with a mish mash biblical yarns and modern ‘lessons’ of history–now virtually writes itself. Challenge this righteous paradigm and you are expressing your own virulent anti-Semitism. Shame!

    Therefore, despite Israeli heartlessness and Palestinian dispossession, Israel even gets to enjoy, in some sense, the high moral in this extended death squeeze.

    The bottom line is this: the Palestinians are a conquered people. They are being crushed and exiled. This process will require more time.

    Israel will therefore keep the Palestinians in their shrinking cage for as long as necessary. And Israel will show no mercy until the fact of unshakable Israeli dominance is clearly understood by all parties. In the meantime, Washington will shower Israel with money, praise, diplomatic cover, and weaponry.

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    [These Arabs are a disposable collection of deplorable gentiles just as Nazis were.]


    The 'Arabs' are NOT, but the Arab head of states who are in the pockets of the ziofascists, like the dumb zionist pussy grabber show business selected by the dummies to wage war for jews.

    Jewish state is in New York and the jewish colonists must fuck off from the occupied Palestine because they HAVE NO RELATIONS WITH THE LAND OF PALESTINIANS.
    , @Z-man
    Sadly true and the fact that the gulf Arabs including the Saudis are in cahoots with the Zionists and their lap dogs 'US!' makes it even sadder but there has to be some hope as the Zionist Beast is being exposed one Jew (Weinstein) at a time! Good will triumph over kike evil.
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    @Mark Green
    The situation is basically hopeless for the Palestinians. After all, who is going to stop the Israelis? The answer: no one.

    What's worse, as long as there is Palestinian resistance and any hope beating in a Palestinian heart, Israel will not relent nor comprise. Israel is holding all the cards. It's bad now and it's going to get worse. Israel seeks unconditional surrender.

    Israel is militarily untouchable and the global Jewish community owns Washington. This fact must not be overlooked.

    Further, Israel cares nothing about Palestinian suffering. Unrelenting Palestinian pain doesn't even register among most Israelis. These Arabs are a disposable collection of deplorable gentiles just as Nazis were. They are a bump in the road. What matters to Zionists is the security and fate of the Jewish People.

    After all, to countless millions of Zionists, Israel's resurrection represents their greatest achievement as well as the 'last hope' of the Jewish people. God is at hand. Smite the Amalekites

    Israel is the embodiment of the one tiny refuge "where Jews are finally safe". Jewish suffering. Jewish genius. Jewish innocence. The Chosen People. The Jewish People. The Holocaust. Nazi evil. Racism. Anti-Semitism. This familiar narrative--along with a mish mash biblical yarns and modern 'lessons' of history--now virtually writes itself. Challenge this righteous paradigm and you are expressing your own virulent anti-Semitism. Shame!

    Therefore, despite Israeli heartlessness and Palestinian dispossession, Israel even gets to enjoy, in some sense, the high moral in this extended death squeeze.

    The bottom line is this: the Palestinians are a conquered people. They are being crushed and exiled. This process will require more time.

    Israel will therefore keep the Palestinians in their shrinking cage for as long as necessary. And Israel will show no mercy until the fact of unshakable Israeli dominance is clearly understood by all parties. In the meantime, Washington will shower Israel with money, praise, diplomatic cover, and weaponry.

    [These Arabs are a disposable collection of deplorable gentiles just as Nazis were.]

    The ‘Arabs’ are NOT, but the Arab head of states who are in the pockets of the ziofascists, like the dumb zionist pussy grabber show business selected by the dummies to wage war for jews.

    Jewish state is in New York and the jewish colonists must fuck off from the occupied Palestine because they HAVE NO RELATIONS WITH THE LAND OF PALESTINIANS.

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  7. Z-man says:
    @Mark Green
    The situation is basically hopeless for the Palestinians. After all, who is going to stop the Israelis? The answer: no one.

    What's worse, as long as there is Palestinian resistance and any hope beating in a Palestinian heart, Israel will not relent nor comprise. Israel is holding all the cards. It's bad now and it's going to get worse. Israel seeks unconditional surrender.

    Israel is militarily untouchable and the global Jewish community owns Washington. This fact must not be overlooked.

    Further, Israel cares nothing about Palestinian suffering. Unrelenting Palestinian pain doesn't even register among most Israelis. These Arabs are a disposable collection of deplorable gentiles just as Nazis were. They are a bump in the road. What matters to Zionists is the security and fate of the Jewish People.

    After all, to countless millions of Zionists, Israel's resurrection represents their greatest achievement as well as the 'last hope' of the Jewish people. God is at hand. Smite the Amalekites

    Israel is the embodiment of the one tiny refuge "where Jews are finally safe". Jewish suffering. Jewish genius. Jewish innocence. The Chosen People. The Jewish People. The Holocaust. Nazi evil. Racism. Anti-Semitism. This familiar narrative--along with a mish mash biblical yarns and modern 'lessons' of history--now virtually writes itself. Challenge this righteous paradigm and you are expressing your own virulent anti-Semitism. Shame!

    Therefore, despite Israeli heartlessness and Palestinian dispossession, Israel even gets to enjoy, in some sense, the high moral in this extended death squeeze.

    The bottom line is this: the Palestinians are a conquered people. They are being crushed and exiled. This process will require more time.

    Israel will therefore keep the Palestinians in their shrinking cage for as long as necessary. And Israel will show no mercy until the fact of unshakable Israeli dominance is clearly understood by all parties. In the meantime, Washington will shower Israel with money, praise, diplomatic cover, and weaponry.

    Sadly true and the fact that the gulf Arabs including the Saudis are in cahoots with the Zionists and their lap dogs ‘US!’ makes it even sadder but there has to be some hope as the Zionist Beast is being exposed one Jew (Weinstein) at a time! Good will triumph over kike evil.

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  8. Calpico says:
    @The Alarmist

    "Driven from capital to capital, they tried to avoid becoming the permanent proxy of any single power."
     
    Do you sense the cognitive dissonce embodied in that sentence? They weren't driven from those places because they were trying to avoid being used as pawns; they were driven from places like Amman because they tried to overthrow the established government. The Palestinians are not welcomed in any of the Arab lands because they have proven to be hostile guests in any land.

    "Gaza’s two million people have lived in conditions of near total siege ever since, a tight economic blockade imposed by Israel which means shortages of electricity, drinkable water and, above all, jobs which have left 80 per cent of the population reliant on international aid.."
     
    Maybe if they stopped raining rockets down on Israel or sending their suicide freedom fighters into Israel from these territories, the Israelis might let up. In any case, they would likely continue to be a basket case requiring international aid even if they controlled all the lands currently called Israel. I doubt the Egyptians are happy sharing a border with them, nor would Amman, Damascus, and Beirut for that matter.

    Maybe if they stopped raining rockets down on Israel or sending their suicide freedom fighters into Israel from these territories, the Israelis might let up.

    A handful of rockets a month landing in open fields and causing no casualties isn’t “raining rockets”. In fact Hamas has instituted a crackdown on such activity, much to the satisfaction of the IDF. A grand total of four suicide bombings have taken place in the past decade. The spike in attacks against Israeli settlers and soldiers occurred in response to Israel’s continued expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Far more Palestinians have been killed than Israelis over the last decade.

    In any case, they would likely continue to be a basket case requiring international aid even if they controlled all the lands currently called Israel.

    Palestine’s incredibly low crime rates, highly literacy rates, and economically successful diaspora indicates otherwise. I’m sure if Israel lifted incredibly tight restrictions on economic activity in Palestine (remember, the building of a 3G mobile network wasn’t allowed until just last year), Palestine’s economy would flourish.

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