Has Palestinian unity finally arrived?

Palestinians celebrate as the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his government ministers arrive to the Erez border crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on October 2, 2017. Hamdallah is on on his first visit to the Gaza Strip for talks aimed at securing a rapprochement between Fatah and the enclave's rulers Hamas. Photo by Atia Darwish
You sit around for ages, the old joke goes, waiting for a bus, and then three come along at the same time. Something like this seems to be happening right now on the internal Palestinian political front. Until June, Palestinian politics seemed deadlocked, with no prospect of unity, no progress with Israel and no hope for Gaza. Then, two initiatives, both involving Hamas, and the latest promising a breakthrough on reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, came along right after each other. For all the apparent optimism, however, fundamental obstacles remain, mitigating against a deal.
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