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Gaza Factions Oppose Hamas' 'Big Government' Plans

An expanded government in Gaza won't solve Hamas' problems and end its isolation.
A Palestinian shouts slogans during a rally marking the 12th anniversary of the killing of Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in Gaza City August 27, 2013. Abu Mustafa was killed in an Israeli missile attack in Ramallah in 2001. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ANNIVERSARY) - RTX12Y2J
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian factions were reluctant to accept a call by the Hamas-led Gaza government to participate in administering the Gaza Strip. The call was issued by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh during a speech he gave at the opening of the National Program for the Performance Indicators of Charities and Civic Bodies in Gaza City on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) initially welcomed this invitation; it soon amended its stance by adding that the “invitation required a political framework,” which government spokesman Ihab al-Ghossein described to Al-Monitor as “backtracking on its position.”

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