Hamas Delays Gaza Turnover
By Micah Halpern
Thursday November 30, 2017
I've Been Thinking:
December 1 is the scheduled day for the transition of power in Gaza.
On that day, Hamas is supposed to give over the reins of leadership to Fatah which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the West Bank. That means Fatah will take control of security. Taking responsibility for security involves disarming Hamas.
This is a big bone of contention.
On the one hand, Hamas does not want to disarm and on the other, Fatah cannot permit Hamas to be an independent military force in Gaza.
Early this morning Hamas asked to delay implementation of the agreement. In a message to the press they wrote: "Hamas and Fatah call on Egypt to postpone the transfer of power (in Gaza) from December 1 to December 10 to finalize certain provisions."
We'll see what happens. It's hard to imagine that what could not be accomplished by December 1st can be accomplished only 10 days later.
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