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Abbas’s Gamble: Pulling a Foe Into Palestinian Politics

Ahmad el-Kurd, the new Hamas mayor of this city of 60,000 people, stopped his car, furious. “Who’s building here?” he demanded. The owner came from behind a cement truck, sheepish.”Do you have a permit?” the mayor asked. The man shrugged. “Shall I send the police?” The man said he would get one. Mr. Kurd pulled out his cellphone, which has an Islamic prayer as its ringer, and told his office to follow up. Retail politics, even by Hamas members, is familiar the world over. Officials elected on promises of reform, honesty and transparency start paving streets, replacing broken streetlights, paying city employees on time, picking up the garbage – at least, more of the garbage.Full Story

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