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Fateh Resumes Temporary Control Over the Palestinian Authority

By Hassan El-Najjar

Al-Jazeerah, July 11, 2006

During the previous Fateh government, a dispute arose between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ramallah and the PLO Politbureau in Tunis about who represents Palestine. President Abbas sided with Ramallah against Tunis then.

It seems that Al-Qaddoumi's viewpoint finally won the debate, particularly after the Hamas government has been forced to disappear under the ongoing Israeli terrorist campaign. Many of the cabinet members and legislators have been abducted by Israeli occupation terrorist forces, the rest have been forced to disappear from the public arena.

The Fateh Party has assumed a de facto control over the Palestinian authority as a result of the forced absence of the elected Hamas government.

No Hamas official has been spotted in the media, except Prime Minister Haniyeh, who would appear examining areas destroyed by savage Israeli bombardment or air strike.

At the same time, Fateh ex-officials have been seen in various occasions filling the vacuum. These included Nabil Sha'ath, Nasser Al-Kidwa, Saeb Erikat, and Muhammed Dahlan.

Olmert has reiterated in a press conference that he would not negotiate with Hamas but he would with Abbas.

The Israeli objective is very clear, canceling the results of the Palestinian elections by force. Temporarily, he has been successful, as the Hamas government has been forced to go underground. However, in the long-run, his savage aggression to do that will prove to be a big failure.

It is apparent that the Fateh temporary take over of the Palestinian public affairs, with Hamas consent, is more an expression of flexibility and adaptation than succumbing to Israeli will.

Hamas and Fateh are working in more harmony now than ever before. On basis of this observed cooperation between the two dominant Palestinian political movements, Hamas will be expected to resume overt control over the Palestinian Authority as soon as the Israeli terrorist campaign on Gaza comes to an end.

President Abbas Asserts Al Qadoumi Foreign Affairs Minister of Palestine

RAMMALLH, Palestine, July 10,2006 (IPC+ Agencies) - -

President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree in which he appointed the chief of PLO politburo Farouq Al Qaddoumi as the Foreign Affairs Minister of Palestine and is entitled to speak about the foreign affairs of the Palestinians and representing it in the international arena.

Abbas said in his decree, circulated to Palestinian embassies and Palestinian representatives abroad alongside the United Nation, Arab League, "the politburo Tunisia-based is the foreign affairs ministry and the chief of the politburo is responsible for Palestine's political profile.

A Palestinian source said that Hams led government is a local government and has nothing to do with drawing foreign policies of Palestine.

The source added that the new ministry is responsible for issues of negotiations, dealing with international arenas, delegations sent to the conferences, and representation at the international organizations such as Arab League, United Nation.



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 Apartheid Wall

The Israeli Land-Grab Apartheid Wall built inside the Palestinian territories, here separating Abu Dis from occupied East Jerusalem. (IPC, 7/4/04).


The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank, like a Python (Alquds, 1/25/03.

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