Middle East

Hamas and Fatah Make Progress on Local Level

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On a national level, Fatah and Hamas are clashing, but in the West Bank village of Beita, the parties are working together and making progress.

Hamas dominates the Beita city council, but cooperates with Fatah members to improve economic development and infrastructure.

The city is weaning itself off of donor dependence through creative means like building a fruit and vegetable market that brings in about $100,000 a year. They also are keeping a tighter rein on their finances by cracking down on electricity theft. They're using the funds to build up their infrastructure, and they are warming to developing relations with Israel.



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