In light of the renewed discussions regarding potential Palestinian elections, this paper examines the reasons behind the division between Fatah and Hamas.

Elif Zaim 13 May 2020

In light of the renewed discussions regarding potential Palestinian elections, this paper examines the reasons behind the division between Fatah and Hamas. Highlighting points of contention, it argues that reconciliation is urgent due to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and disillusionment in West Bank. However, while it discusses several factors such as popular protests, the emergence of a political party that can challenge the status quo, the ways in which regional actors play into the Palestinian issue in the face of regional developments and resistance against Israeli occupation, particularly after the announcement of the so-called ‘deal of the century’, which could initiate rapprochement between the factions, it concludes that chances are slim based on the failure of previous efforts.

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