The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
The new force is not as negative as Regular presents it. I will make 2 points: 1. The Hamas government is in control of the (public order) police. The new force is designed to stop militant street violence. This is positive. Moreover, the force is made up not only of Hamas people but also of (now former?) Fatah and others. What other kind of force can work for this important job? 2. The legality of the Abbas vetoing the force is questionable, and that's why Hamas is pursuing it. Abbas says he has the right to veto important appointments. I haven't seen this in the PA Constitution (Bqsic Law). There are legitimate constitutional disagreements between the PM and Pres. They should be decided by some constitutional court. I an am not sure court and judges were appointed. After the Fatah election loss, they rushed to legislate and appoint such a court (before the Hamas government was formed). Hamas was able to overturn this power grab after they came to power. Time for proper work.