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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Threat of Palestinian Politics
With the violence erupting between Hamas and Fatah, Hamas' penchant for sustained suicide bombings and Mahmoud Abbas' knife-edge politics, Palestine is on its way to becoming a failed state. The implications of this for Israel, and the entire Middle East, are acute and concerning.

Yesterday, Palestinian security loyal to Abbas, attacked Hamas-led parliament and cabinet buildings in Ramallah. This is the latest in a wave of continuing violence, but is the first real violent rampage from the Fatah side. This immediately escalates the position in Palestine, and will further alienate aid agencies and hopes for peace within the state.

Time has an excellent report on the situation, with the potential similarities between Palestine and modern-day Mogadishu. Read it here