Friday, October 23, 2009

The Hamas - Fatah Shotgun Wedding Is Off, For Now

Mahmoud Abbas announced today that new Palestinian elections would take place on January 24, 2010.

Essentially, this is a shot over Hamas' bow, because they wanted the two mobs to finish consolidating before any new elections were held:

Hamas promptly condemned the decision, with its spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri saying Abbas' government can't hold the elections in Gaza.

"This announcement means that elections will take place only in the West Bank, cementing the Palestinian split instead of fixing the problem," Abu Zuhri said.

Fatah claims it's going to have balloting in East Jerusalem and Gaza as well as the parts of Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank) it occupies. How they're going to be able to do that is anybody's guess.

Personally, I think this is the capo del tutti d'Ramallah's farewell. He was getting tired of the job anyway and it's time to retire, Hamas has vastly more support than he does and Arafat II has undoubtedly stolen enough by now to keep himself comfortable in his old age in Europe.

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