By Alastair Crooke
"As the humanitarian disaster in Gaza continues, Western mediators seem more concerned about the global war of "moderates" versus "extremists" than in achieving a solution. Attempts to fit this simplistic template over a complex Middle East have reduced the Palestinian crisis to a chess piece in the existential global struggle against extremism....
The border crossings must be fully opened and life for Gazans must be returned to normality. On this basis, a stable ceasefire could be agreed on. Palestinian unity will be achieved only by opening Palestinian leadership institutions, including the Palestinian Liberation Organization, to radical reforms that will make them genuinely representative of the Palestinian people - and not through the political cleansing of Hamas from the political arena....."