Well, when looking over the possible topics to write over there is one that we haven't touched on in a while – so lets explore that briefly today.
The topic is Palestinian Unity. We've had reconciliation talks and press conferences, and good will gestures – but is there any?
Although the media is given plenty of opportunity to portray the Palestinians as governed by a 'business as usual' government – it is not. Plainly put – there is rather a healthy dose of antipathy between Fatah who governs the West Bank, and Hamas who governs the Gaza Strip.
This posture on both sides will essentially prevent any real Palestinian unity agreement because the sides have simply grown to a relationship of stagnant mistrust.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thinks that Hamas is going to assassinate him, or at the least – throw him out of office in the Capital of Ramallah. Perhaps they are. Hamas has aquirered weapons not only in Gaza but also on Abbas's doorstep in the West Bank. They don't hide the fact that they are preparing uniforms like those used for his Presidential Guard – all for the preparing of a secret takeover.
Hamas has determined, and makes not secret, that Abbas does not represent the people of Palestinian, and that his office is illegally held according to the Palestinian Constitution, and can no longer serve as President. Furthermore, Hamas claims that it is Fatah (the political party of Mr. Abbas) that is inciting the world against Hamas and isolating it.
We have gotten to the point where each says of the other that the other is plotting to eliminate its rival. This is the ever-present internal problem, it seems, of the Palestinians… Do the Palestinians realize that their factions and their conduct is actually giving strength to Israel and lessoning their political opportunities to bring their people peace?
They must know – and understand too, that their growing mutual fear and hatred is becoming stronger for each other – even more than their hostility towards the State of Israel. That is not going to bring unity in any way, shape, or form. And the people of Palestine will continue to be denied the quite and prosperity – and yes, even the liberties of self rule until the leaderships start acting responsibly.
Middle East Correspondent