A recent meeting between Palestinian leaders in El Alamein Egypt resulted in nothing new but further frustration, disappointment, and confirmation that Palestinian factions have become disconnected from the people.
Their primary concern seems to be self-preservation, at the expense of the Palestinian cause, which limits the potential for progress in their national movement.
The meeting concluded with a weak statement and the formation of a committee to continue a dialogue that has been ongoing for almost two decades, with the lofty aim of "ending division and achieving Palestinian national unity."
The statement mirrors those made at other painstaking dialogue and reconciliation meetings that have taken place over the years in Cairo, Mecca, Doha, Sana’a, Istanbul, Gaza, Beirut, Ramallah, and Algeria.
These efforts started after the division of the Palestinian territories following the 2006 legislative elections, which did not favour the Fatah Movement, and worsened with the 2007 division of the Palestinian Authority between the West Bank and Gaza. Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip, while Fatah dominated the West Bank and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).