08/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fatah Vs Fatah: The Real Power Struggle Among Palestinians

Every once in a while, a kidnapping or a firefight reminds the world that the two parties governing the Palestinians really don't get along. Hamas won the parliamentary election in 2006 and seized control of Gaza in 2007. But Fatah, the party of Yasir Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, still controls the West Bank. Their squabbles--over control of fiefdoms like patronage networks and the police--have made headlines about the so-called crisis in Palestinian leadership in the past.

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