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The Palestinian Mess

Author: Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
July 7, 2014
National Review

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The easiest thing to say about the Israeli–Palestinian situation this week is that it is a terrible and violent mess. I've written in the past about how I think we got to these circumstances, but however that occurred, we must still try to look ahead. What lies beyond the current crisis?

During 2013 and until this April, the main event was the Kerry negotiations. In May came the Fatah-Hamas agreement on a non-party or "technocratic" government, supposedly leading to Palestinian elections this year. In the last few weeks, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, apparently by people linked to or part of Hamas, has changed the situation again — as has last week's murder of a young Palestinian, almost certainly by Israelis bent on revenge (and as I write, arrests have been made).

Now what? In the near term, the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have some key decisions to make. And so does President Obama, sooner or later.

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