The timing of the appointment of Husam Zomlot to the key role may indicate as to Abbas' desire to inject new blood into the Palestinian Authority, ridden by conflict between Fatah's old guard and its interim and younger generations.
Gaza is busy with the first death penalty imposed on a woman. Over in the West Bank, the people increasingly believe the PA is a permanent institution despite all the predictions otherwise.
Tensions between West Bank's Fatah and Gaza's Hamas mar first Palestinian exercise in democracy in a decade.
After Abbas' Fatah party – which rules in West Bank – was barred from participating in vote in Gaza – where Hamas holds control – Palestinians top court cancels election in Strip.
Israel, Arab states, Fatah and Hamas all had reasons to put the democratic process on ice, says a Fatah official. But according to a new poll, West Bankers mostly blame the PA, while the Gazans blame Hamas.
After Hamas barred Fatah from participating in vote in Gaza, Palestinians' top court halts election, highlighting political division between West Bank, Strip.
Bradley Burston's smear tactics were an attempt to deflect from the reality that I described: the culture of death that saturates Palestinian life today.
'Palestinian governments in both Gaza and the West Bank are arresting and even physically abusing activists and journalists who express criticism on important public issues,' Human Rights Watch says.
The number of Palestinians being wounded by live fire is on the increase, with stone throwers saying they are being told that confronting soldiers is liable to leave them crippled for life.
Optimists hope that Hamas' participation in elections for the first time in ten years will pave the way for a new Palestinian government, but it’s still unclear how tolerant Fatah will be and whether Israel will intervene.