Hamas cabinet holds first meeting after Gaza take over
The rift has left the Palestinians with two rival governments – a Western-backed cabinet loyal to Fatah in the West Bank and the Hamas rulers of Gaza. Both the Hamas government and the emergency government formed by Abbas claim to represent all Palestinians.
However, the international community has embraced the West Bank government, while the Islamic militant Hamas has been largely shunned.
Middle East analyst Fawaz Gerges says the world community should find the ways to mediate the conflict between rival Palestinian factions.