Despite the plethora of media reports indicating that Hamas and Fatah are imminently reconciling as though it is unprecedented, previous attempts at unification in the recent term - in both Doha in 2012 as well as in Cairo in 2011 - have epically failed. Notably, this was not because of pressure from Israel - who firmly maintains that they will not sit down at the table with any Hamas-affiliated party - but because the two groups ultimately reached a stalemate over basic policy issues including publicly and officially recognizing the state of Israel. While both groups have recently stated newfound support for the other, less than six weeks ago in the Gaza Strip, Hamas confiscated Fatah posters and thwarted a rally in support of the group in what the New York Times referred to as “a sign of the enduring political and geographical schism between Hamas, in Gaza, and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.” Meanwhile, in the West Bank, even amid the seemingly collective eagerness to unify, the Palestinian Authority has reportedly continued to arrest supporters of Hamas.
A tragedy in itself
As Fatah considers absorbing a recognized terrorist group into their government, Israel is momentarily absolved from making any overtures for continuing negotiationsBrooklyn Middleton