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Ceasefire deal in Gaza strengthens Hamas’ standing

Palestinians regard the Islamist group as the victor of a war provoked by Israel, and that standing up to the Israelis delivers results

By Chris McGreal  /  The Guardian, Gaza City

“The model that the US, Europe and Israel promote of giving the Palestinian Authority financial support to build institutions hasn’t worked. What you see is more Israeli settlement expansion, more measures to make a two-state solution more difficult,” Abusader said.

The latest crisis puts pressure on Abbas over his plan to ask the UN General Assembly to effectively recognize Palestinian statehood this week. Washington and European governments, which blocked a similar move at the UN Security Council a year ago, are telling the Palestinian leader the move will damage the prospects for peace. Israel is threatening to annul all or some of the Oslo peace accords if he goes ahead.

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