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The Hamas and Fatah reconciliation government has failed to offer solutions to the most pressing challenges facing Palestinians.Since the six-month mandate of the consensus government ended on Dec. 2, Hamas may be compelled to act, but its options remain limited.Amid worsening social and economic circumstances, Hamas is concerned about unrest in Gaza, while the unity government stresses that Hamas has not allowed it to manage the situation and has instead retained its tight control over the strip.This dire situation in Gaza has only underscored Hamas' limited policy options.Hamas could instead push for the dismissal of the current national unity government, as its specified six-month legal term has ended, and call for the formation of a purely political government that would include members of Fatah, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. If unable to form a new reconciliation government – or even extend the current one – Hamas may find itself heading toward an alliance with Mohammed Dahlan, a Fatah leader with significant support in Gaza.
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