The progressive Al-Mubadara movement for instance, led by Dr Mustafa Barghouti, and inspired by Edward Said and Dr Haidar Abdel Shafi tried to offer Palestinians an alternative. Mustafa Barghouti ran in the latest Palestinian elections for Independent Palestine. He made some modest gains, but this party is based on intellectuals and professionals and does not have a mass following. The thought, that Fayad and his associates, would be able to create a party with mass following is not much more than wishful thinking. They will never be based in grassroots, like Fateh and Hamas. At most it will be something like in the UK, where you have Labour and the Tory party and the small Liberal Democrat party in between. Israel and the world will have to deal with the big two: Fatah and Hamas. The thought that a political solution can be reached with either of these left out of the equation, is ludicrous. What is needed more than anything, is dialogue between Fatah and Hamas.
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from the article: Associates of PM Fayad planning alternative to Fatah and Hamas