If the Middle East didn’t have enough problems attempting to reconcile conflicting interests between Israel and Palestinians, we only have to add in conflicts between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to create one huge mess. The Hamas Interior Ministry made clear it would oppose elections that President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has called for January. It said it “rejects the holding of elections in the Gaza Strip because they were announced by someone who has no right to make such an announcement and because it came without national reconciliation.” In other words, Hamas refuses to accept the Fatah demand it agree to negotiate with Israel and cease making claims that Hamas refuses to accept the existence of Israel.
Another Arab stalemate, another barrier to maintaining the status quo. Does Hamas ever realize the status quo is what the Israel government desires and it is not in the best interests of Palestinians? Only negotiations and a united Palestinian front can move toward securing the rights of Palestinians.