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Escalation in Palestine with US support

The following is an excerpt from a post in the blog, Missing Links:

Since Israel holds between 39 and 41 Hamas members of the Palestinian Legislative Assembly in its jails, Fatah has, or had, what you could call a de facto majority in the Legislative Assembly, resulting from this large number of de facto abstentions, if you will. Based on the facts on the ground, if you will. Abbas called a meeting of the Assembly yesterday because he needed its approval for the legal continuation of his “emergency government”, but as expected the non-kidnapped Hamas members boycotted the meeting leaving it without a quorum to vote on anything. So it couldn’t legally extend the term of the “emergency government”. But this was “clearly what Mr Abbas wanted”, says the New York Times, explaining that “Mr Abbas may be able to declare the government a ‘caretaker’ until new elections can be held…” pursuant to Article 43 of the Basic Law, which, the NYT explains, “gives him the right to issue decrees in exceptional cases.” Not entirely clear? Something escaping you?

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