Is the PA about to be dismantle?
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Following the IDF operation in Jericho last week, Fatah members called upon Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Abu-Mazen to dismantle the PA (Ynet, 3/15/06). Khaled Mash'al declared that Hamas would not hesitate to dismantle the PA if it sees that it cannot protect the Palestinian people (Ha'aretz, 3/19/06).
These statements may potentially develop into a trend which is of strategic significance.
What is the Issue?
Fatah's demand to dismantle the PA may be understood in the context of the struggle between Fatah and Hamas for the leadership of the Palestinian national movement:
Following the elections, Fatah lost control of the PA, yet still controls the PLO.
The PLO's status as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people has been eroded in recent years, and the PA has been functioning as a de-facto representative of the residents of Gaza and the West Bank.
With Hamas' electoral victory (1/06), Fatah lost an important stronghold.
Therefore, dismantling the PA would strengthen the PLO and allow Fatah to resume power.
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Israel & The Palestinians
The dismantling of the PA may undermine basic elements of the Israeli mindset.
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