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Israel/Palestine: Reshaped PLO a Threat to Peace Prospects
Palestinian president and Fatah faction head Mahmud Abbas (right) meets with Khaled Meshaal, leader of the Hamas faction, in Cairo on December 21, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
December 28, 2011
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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The Palestinian Authority seems poised to adopt a more radical posture as the two previously estranged Palestinian political factions, Fatah and Hamas, move closer to a reconciliation deal that is likely to grant the Islamist Hamas a more dominant position in Palestinian politics.

An agreement penned in Cairo last week as well as a pivotal prisoner swap deal brokered on Sunday have paved the way for Hamas to enter a remodeled Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The more moderate Fatah faction, meanwhile, is expected to lose influence. Israel’s sharp condemnation of the reconciliation efforts suggest that peace talks will be less likely should the rapprochement occur and that hostilities between Israel and the PLO will be revived.

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