The Next Palestinian Government – An Address or a Fig Leaf

Following Hamas' victory, Ismail Haniyeh announced that "Hamas government may include Palestinian experts residing abroad" (Ha'aretz, 2/1/06). Before heading to Egypt, Mahmoud A-Zahar and Khaled Mash'al stressed that Hamas will establish a "Palestinian national unity government" (Al-Hayat, 2/6/06).

Re'ut claims that the nature of the next Palestinian government will affect Israel's political flexibility.

What is the Issue?​
  • In principle, Hamas can establish a government without forming a coalition with Fatah, and assume full power, authority and responsibility over the political, military and economic arenas.​

  • However, since its victory, Hamas keeps raising ideas based on division of authorities with Fatah:​

    • Establishing a "technocrats' government", comprising of personas not affiliated with Hamas.​

    • National unity government including members of Fatah and independent MPs.​

    • PLO as the political address – powers and authorities over the political process will remain within the PLO, which is under Fatah control.

Tags

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

2006-04-01

National Security

Israel & The Palestinians

Hamas' strategy has been to influence the political process through terror, while avoiding responsibility for its actions. Responsibility was deflected onto the Fatah-controlled PA.

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