“The split between the two halves of the Palestinian Authority has steadily eroded the legitimacy of the Ramallah government. Any policy based on the hope that Abbas and Fayyad will increasingly be able to show themselves to be viable Palestinian leaders ignores the trends to date.” Nathan J. Brown discusses remaining options for American diplomacy.
Read: Nathan J. Brown, “The Green Elephant in the Room: Dealing with the Hamas Party-State in Gaza”, Web Commentary, Carnegie Endowment, June 2009, http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&id=23225&prog=zgp&proj=zme