Palestinians hope vote boosts diplomatic strength: experts

A deal reached between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas to hold elections is aimed at renewing confidence in Palestinian governance ahead of a diplomatic push and talks with Israel, experts said. Joe Biden’s election as US president motivated Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas of Fatah, to hold “serious” talks with Hamas, according to a Palestinian analyst. Abbas’s Palestinian Authority had cut ties with Donald Trump’s administration, accusing it of bias towards Israel, and Abbas wants to renew the legitimacy of Palestinian institutions as he re-engages with Washington, said the analyst Ashraf …

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