Fatah-Hamas Unity Government is Nowhere in Sight....Gee, I wonder why????
Back in May, Fatah and Hamas agreed to yet another unity agreement. While officials from the two rival factions held a couple meetings, nothing has come to fruition.
In truth, the only thing that seems to be occurring between these two factions is the continual arrest of each other’s members.
Additionally, it should be noted that the date for the announcement of the unity government was pushed back from June 6 to June 20.
Today, June 24, the world still awaits the formation of the unity government.
Last Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that the unity government would be formed in the "next few days." Shortly after Abbas’ statement Fatah’s Amin Maqboul said that the two factions had thus far failed to “agree on the names of cabinet ministers in a joint administration of independent figures.”
On Friday, Fatah’s Sakhr Bseiso revealed that the two factions have not held a meeting for over two weeks and none are planned for the immediate future.
Update: Ma'an News Agency reports:
Hamas on Sunday accused President Mahmoud Abbas of changing the requirements of reconciliation by insisting for an election date before forming a unity government. On Saturday, Abbas told Fatah's Revolutionary Council that a unity government would not be formed until a date for elections was set, although a week earlier the president said the transitional government would be formed "in the next few days."
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Abbas was "increasing the burden of reconciliation" by setting new requirements for the formation of a unity government. In a statement, Abu Zuhri said elections would be a result of reconciliation, rather than a pathway to unity.
If the president wants to speed up the process of holding elections, he must create the right environment for a vote and stop political arrests by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Abu Zuhri added.