Is the PA about to be dismantle?

Point of View | 27

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.

Tags

Partner for Peace, Two State Solution, Legitimacy, West Bank, Gaza

2006-04-01

Point of View

National Security

Israel & The Palestinians

The dismantling of the PA may undermine basic elements of the Israeli mindset.

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