Fatah on the Outs

By Jeffrey Goldberg

It seems as if we're heading to a moment of clarity in Palestinian politics. Get used to typing "Palestinian Authority President Khaled Meshaal?" I know it seems far-fetched now, but it seemed far-fetched that Fatah would lose control of Gaza, too. Walter Russell Mead:

Like the Muslim Brotherhood itself-now an engagement project of the Obama administration-Hamas is becoming more respectable every day in the Arab world, with kings and princes seeking its favor from Amman to Istanbul. While it is too early to tell whether this mainstreaming will shift the group's approach on Arab-Israeli peace, it is becoming increasingly clear that when it comes to the new Arab world, Fatah is on the outside looking in.

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