Jan. 1 is not only New Years Day, but also the anniversary of Fatah. It is hoped that during the year 2013, Fatah and Hamas will get together to form a new government of national unity, empowering the Palestinian people. It is hoped that they will not fall into the trap of having "two Palestines.”
The Palestinian delegation achieved a diplomatic success by daring to seek recognition, but it will be a major blow if this division between West Bank and Gaza remains. It is crucial that a real national unity emerges at this juncture which transcends this continued division and enables the Palestinians to restore effectiveness and credibility to the Palestinian state. Let's reverse the number 13's reputation of being unlucky!
Clovis Maksoud is a former ambassador and permanent observer of the League of Arab States at the United Nations and its chief representative in the United States for more than 10 years.