[Marxism] U.S. sees Gaza rebuilding as opportunity for Abbas
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Tue Jan 13 10:48:53 MST 2009
U.S. sees Gaza rebuilding as opportunity for Abbas
By Adam Entous
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States hopes to use post-war
reconstruction of the Gaza Strip to help the Western-backed
Palestinian Authority reassert its presence and influence in Hamas's
U.S. and Western officials said details have yet to be worked out and
depended on the extent to which Israel's military offensive, which has
killed more than 900 Palestinians, weakens Hamas's hold on power.
The aim would be to ensure that credit for reconstruction accrues to
President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority, and not to the
Iranian-backed Islamists who won a 2006 Palestinian election and
seized control of Gaza 18 months later.
A senior European diplomat involved in the discussions dismissed the
idea "as a recipe for failure from the start."
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