If Abbas declares Palestinian independence, it applies to Gaza too. Gaza is part of Palestine under its laws and international law. The fact that it is currently estranged from the PA is the Palestinians' problem to work out at a time of their choosing. Hamas can decide to recognise the legitimate authority of the PA or else remain an illegal, unrecognised entity. In the same way that Abkhazia and South Ossetia were in Georgia, but without the possibility of Russians or anyone else coming to save them. In fact, declaring independence is a very good way to deal with Hamas. It would establish the PA as the recognised lawful government of Palestine and Hamas would therefore be an illegal secessionist movement, recognised by no one.
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