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The Dangerous Agreement Between Fatah and Hamas

April 29, 2011

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The agreement between Fatah and Hamas may break down, as previous agreements have. But the deal recently announced will nevertheless do grave harm to the chances for peace. It brings into doubt the willingness of the Palestinian Authority to fight terrorism and therefore undermines the American program of training PA security forces. Moreover, it appears to allow the entry of Hamas into the PLO, the body charged with peace negotiations with Israel. My views are explained in today’s Weekly Standard.

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