(All articles below summarized by dailyalert.org, Jun. 3, 2014. Click on any title to see the whole article….Ed.)
The Lebanonization of the Palestinians – Jonathan Schanzer (Weekly Standard)
The creation of a new Palestinian government that includes Hamas means that the Palestinians are poised to adopt the Lebanon model of allowing a terrorist entity to exist and operate outside of a weak government’s reach.
Hamas leaders refuse to disband the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, its Gaza-based militia.
This means that a robust terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, with tens of thousands of rockets and thousands of fighters, will remain intact.
Impact of the New Palestinian Unity Government – Ron Ben-Yishai
The main drawback of the Palestinian reconciliation government for Israel is in the security arena. The PA security apparatus is no longer acting in full force against Hamas actions as they did in the past. As a result of this, Israeli security forces need to do most of the prevention work themselves.
Moreover, the unity agreement will provide Hamas with the financial oxygen it needs to continue breathing. The agreement will make it possible for Hamas to continue to govern in Gaza while expanding its support in the West Bank.
In the long term, Hamas will slowly conquer the West Bank through the democratic process, as well as take over the Palestinian organization that the UN recognizes – the PLO. (Ynet News)
PA Government Is Unified, But Palestinians Aren’t – Avi Issacharoff
Hamas’ military wing, with tens of thousands of armed members, will continue to manage Gaza on the security front, though its prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, resigned and his place will be filled by Rami Hamdallah, Abbas’ choice. All the central ministries were handed to Abbas cronies.
Hamas agreed to the deal because it is on the verge of bankruptcy. Every government office will have both Hamas and Fatah officials. The test for the new government isn’t the fact that it got established, but its (questionable) ability to govern. (Times of Israel)
Palestinian Reconciliation Hobbled by Continued Disunity – Nidal Al-Mughrabi
The new Palestinian unity government will provide a veneer of harmony but little change on the ground, analysts say. The government, packed with little-known technocrats and academics, will manage day-to-day problems like a glorified municipality, but decisions regarding diplomacy and security will be taken elsewhere.
“Such a government won’t be able to end the divisions. It is rather a political body aimed at managing the division,” said Hani Al-Masri, a West Bank political analyst. “Forming a government is a symbolic step. It is a good step, but we should not exaggerate the expectations,” said George Giacaman, the dean of graduate studies at the West Bank’s Birzeit University.
“For the Israelis, it is not a very good idea to let Hamas maneuver tactically for the purpose of trying to increase its power ultimately both in the West Bank and the PLO, while maintaining exclusive control in Gaza,” said Ehud Yaari, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Abbas has accepted the principle of a demilitarized Palestinian state, but Gaza is not demilitarized. Nothing is going to change.” (Reuters)