The title of an Al-Arabiya article released on May 10, 2012 is “Reshuffled Palestinian government in West Bank sworn in, ANGERING HAMAS(Web-site/URL: Of courseagain, “anger” is often/can be a DANGEROUS emotion.

“Ministers, including returning prime minister Salam Fayyad, took the oath of office in the presence of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas”.

“The new 24-member cabinet will have 11 new faces and include replacements for two ministers in the outgoing government who were removed for ALLEGED CORRUPTION“. Unfortunately, “corruption” has become a part of life for many POLITICIANS.

“Nabil Kassis, a former university president, who like Fayyad, is a political INDEPENDENT (?), will take over as finance minister. He will have to deal with fiscal challenges posed by a steady decline in donor funds and by Israeli trade restrictions”. Does the concept of “independence” exist any more in POLITICS? Just think about JOE LIEBERMAN (Web-site/URL: Lieberman famously supported Sen. MCCAIN in the 2008 presidential race and showed up at the REPUBLICAN National Convention (RNC), despite his status as a member of the DEMOCRATIC Party.

“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the cabinet” “This government’s role is to CONTINUE WHAT THE PREVIOUS ONE STARTED”, while STAMPING OUT CORRUPTION, of course.

“Abbas told a news conference in Ramallah, the West Bank town where the new ministers were sworn in”: “The legislative and executive system have been PARALYZED” = “the legislative and executive system” ARE DYSFUNCTIONAL and again, that’s NOT good.

“He said the incoming government “will be dismissed IMMEDIATELY if the political partnership with Hamas is consummated”. This is the latest indication that BIPARTISANSHIP IS ELUSIVE.

“But the Hamas government in Gaza slammed the decision to form a new cabinet, accusing Abbas’s Palestinian Authority and the Fatah movement he heads of ABANDONING RECONCILIATION“. Both Hamas and Fatah will accuse the other side of “abandoning reconciliation”, making this is another/the latest case of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go”. This is also another INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL:

Finally, “Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum AFP news agency” “This STRENGTHENS THE DIVISION..”saying it “shows clearly that the Palestinian Authority and Fatah are FAR FROM IMPLEMENTING” the unity agreement” and HAMAS IS CLOSER to doing/achieving this (i.e. “implementing the unity agreement?”) Again this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL:

So, this is the latest chapter in the seemingly never-ending war of words between the Israelis and the Palestinians.


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