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Newsmax: Palestinian Authority Envisions Ruling Gaza With Hamas as Partner

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hold a meeting at the Muqata, the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on November 30, 2023. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

And on the world spins in the Middle East.

Newsmax headlines: https://www.newsmax.com/world/globaltalk/palestinian-authority-gaza-hamas/2023/12/08/id/1145222/

Palestinian Authority Envisions Ruling Gaza With Hamas as Partner

The story reports:

“The Palestinian Authority’s preferred outcome of the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip would be for the terrorist organization to join a P.A.-led governing body as a junior partner, Bloomberg quoted P.A. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh as saying on Friday.

‘Hamas before Oct. 7 is one thing, and after is another. … What is needed really is a situation in which Palestinian unity should be allowed to function on very clear bonds and agenda,’ Shtayyeh told the outlet.

‘Therefore, I think, if they are ready to come to an agreement, and really accept the political platform of the PLO, accept the tools of struggle … there will be room for talks,’ he said, adding that ‘Palestinians should not be divided.’ 

‘For Israel to say that they are going to eradicate or eliminate Hamas, I don’t think that’s a possible goal to achieve, simply because Hamas is not in Gaza only. Hamas is in Lebanon, everybody knows Hamas leadership is in Qatar and they are here in the West Bank,’ said Shtayyeh.

When asked by Bloomberg to condemn Hamas’ Oct. 7 slaughter of more than 1,200 people in Israel, Shtayyeh refused, claiming the conflict didn’t begin on that date and Israeli officials have failed to speak out against ‘things done by their citizens to Palestinians.’

On Oct. 21, Shtayyeh likewise refused to condemn Hamas’ crimes against humanity, telling CNN’s Becky Anderson that ‘what has happened yesterday is yesterday.’

According to Shtayyeh, U.S. officials visited Ramallah earlier this week to discuss a plan for the day after the war in Gaza. He claimed both sides agreed that Israel shouldn’t occupy the coastal enclave, reduce its territory for a security zone, or resettle its residents. 

Early last month, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Gaza must be handed over to the P.A. at the end of hostilities. The solution “must include Palestinian-led governance and Gaza unified with the West Bank under the P.A.,” stated Blinken.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has clarified that Washington seeks to back a P.A. that “has the support of all Palestinians so that they can effectively help with post-conflict governance, particularly in Gaza.”

According to a recent survey, 89 percent of Palestinians support establishing a government that includes, or is led by Hamas. Only around 8.5% said they favor an authority controlled exclusively by P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction.”

In other words? Unsurprisingly, this problem is not going to be solved soon.