The Palestinian Authority (PA)

Analysis of the Palestinian national unity government: its composition, platform and the implications of its establishment

In the late morning hours of March 17, 2007, the Palestinian Legislative Council held a vote of confidence for the new national unity government and ratified its establishment, with 83 representatives voting in favor and three against (two from the PFLP, which is not part of the government, and one independent). In the evening the
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Ayman al-Zawahiri lashed out at the Hamas movement once again, accusing it of abandoning jihad and “selling Palestine” for seats in the Palestinian unity government.

Ayman al-Zawahiri lashed out at the Hamas movement once again, accusing it of abandoning jihad and “selling Palestine” for seats in the Palestinian unity government. Hamas spokesmen defended their political activity, stressing the continuing adherence of the movement to its radical principles, namely “resistance” and “jihad”, and non-recognition of Israel.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation March 1-15

The main event was the agreement reached by Palestinian chairman Abu Mazen and designated Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya regarding the establishment of a Palestinian national unity government based on the Mecca Accord of February 9. The new government received a vote of confidence on March 17. An initial analysis of the new government’s proposed
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Attempts to abduct Israelis continue: at the ‘Eli junction, north of Ramallah, a Hamas squad’s attempt to abduct Israelis was prevented

On the evening of February 4, 2007, an attempt was made to abduct an Israeli civilian at the ‘Eli junction, north of Ramallah. The civilian, who was waiting at a bus stop, was suspicious of the three Palestinians who drove up and refused to enter their vehicle. The three then fled and the civilian alerted
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation February 16-28, 2007

The Palestinian terrorist organizations continue their efforts to carry out attacks: A resident of the settlement of Bat Ayin (north of Hebron) was stabbed to death by two Palestinians, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) failed in its attempts to carry out a suicide bombing attack in Tel Aviv (apparently) and at vacation sites in Sinai,
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Hamas recently upgraded its TV station and Internet sites.

Although the Hamas government is bankrupt, the movement has invested massive sums in improving its propaganda assets, aware of their importance in the battle for hearts and minds against Israel and against its opponents in the internal Palestinian arena.
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