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President Trump Has Predicated A Successful Palestinian Peace Agreement with Israel on Unification of Palestine. Will It Happen?

ArmchairPolitiicianPalestine, October 4, 2017, by Brad Peery, www.ArmchairPolitician.US, Armchair.US@gmail.com

The Palestine Authority, which controls the West Bank and is led by Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas, has a recently leader, Yahya Sinwar, and controls the Gaza Strip. Sinwar was jailed by Israel in 1988 and spent the next 23 years in prison, where he was a key leader of Hamas members in the Israeli prison system. Hamas has two wings, the political arm, and Izzedine al-Qassam, an armed wing.

Talks are underway between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to bridge a gap that has existed for ten years, unify the Palestinians under one organization, and negotiate a peace agreement with Israel. The Palestine Authority has said that any agreement for unification of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip under the Palestine Authority must include the disarming of the armed wing of Hamas. This would avoid a situation like that in Lebanon where Hezbollah has its armed group that operates in parallel with the Lebanese army. This disarming has been resisted by Hamas for obvious reasons. The members of the armed wing would suddenly be disbanded and disarmed. It seems unlikely that Sinwar will be able find a solution to this dilemma and this seems to be the biggest hurdle to a unified Palestine emerging. However, Hamas’ financing sources are seriously depleted, and they may feel they need to have access to the financial resources of the Palestinian Authority.
*Palestinian Talks Hit an Impasse, Wall Street Journal, by Rory Jones, October 4, 2017

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion
The Trump administration has set a goal that has not been achieved by many past administrations. It seemed like a Herculean task to unite Palestine into one organization that could negotiate a peace agreement with Israel. Finally, the financial weakness of Hamas has a chance of making peace possible. The military wing of Hamas will probably need to be disarmed to make achieve peace, and Hamas will have to recognized Israel. The obstacles are still large but there is a glimmer of hope that Palestine can be unified and peace can be negotiated with Israel.
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ArmchairPolitiicianPalestine, May 6, 2017, by Brad Peery, bradpeery007@gmail.com, www.ArmchairPolitician.US
Israel-Palestine Peace Deal: Will Trump Get It Done?

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