The Palestinian Political Crisis

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Series Details No. 64, July 2017
Publication Date 04/07/2017
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The Polish Institute of International Affairs is an analytical institution established by an act of Parliament in 1996 to carry out research and provide expertise in international affairs. PISM disseminates information on contemporary international issues and maintains contacts with academic and political centres in Poland and abroad. The Institute runs courses for public servants, maintains a library (open to the public; 165,000 books and journals), organises conferences, and publishes books, periodicals and documents on Polish foreign policy and international matters.

The funding for PISM comes from the budget. The director is appointed by the prime minister for a term of five years, following consultation with the minister of foreign affairs. The minister supervises the Institute and appoints its advisory council, which includes a representative of the President of the Republic of Poland, academics and officials.The conflict between the main Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, was growing. The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority was seeking to weaken Hamas by exploiting the deteriorating situation in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Deepening the conflict could lead Hamas to break the ceasefire with Israel or force a concession to Fatah, which may result in an agreement between the two parties. Continuation of the conflict would have a significant impact on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

[News sources reported in October 2017 that Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo on the 12 October 2017, as part of an effort to end the decade-long rift].

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BBC News, 12.10.17: Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah sign deal in Cairo
Al Jazeera, 12.10.17: Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation agreement in Cairo
Chatham House: Expert Comment, 03.10.17: Abbas Has Reasons to Be Wary of Gaza Offer
The Guardian, 03.10.17: Palestinian government meets in Gaza for first time in three years
EurActiv, 13.10.17: Hamas, Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation
ECFR: Commentary, 09.10.17: The long road towards Palestinian re-unification
EU: EEAS: Statement, 13.10.17: Statement by the HR/VP on the agreement regarding intra-Palestinian reconciliation
The New York Times, 12.10.17: Unity Deal Offers Hope for Palestinians and a Respite for Gaza

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