After months of political squabbling between the ruling religious HAMAS party and the more secular-minded Fatah party founded by Yasir Arafat, Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President and Fatah chief Mahmoud 'Abbas [RIGHT] has called for new legislative elections despite the fact that it's been less than a year since HAMAS took power in January. 'Abbas and other senior Fatah officials such as security chiefs Muhammad Dahlan and Jibril Rajoub hope to sweep HAMAS aside after the two premier Palestinian political movements failed to reach an agreement for a unity government in order to push forward peace talks with the Israeli government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
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In fact, many of the most prominent Shi'i parties are not pro-Iranian. In Iraq, Jama'at al-Sadr al-Thani (Movement of al-Sadr the Second) of Muqtada al-Sadr [LEFT] and the movement of Shaykh (rumored to be an ayatullah) Mahmoud Hassani al-Sarkhi are Shi'i Arab nationalists and rose to prominence on platforms that advocated an Iraqi Arab leadership. Despite receiving support from Iran, Hizbu'llah is not, as is often alleged in subpar Western media outlets, an extension of the Iranian state. Hizbu'llah has also received significant support from Syria but this doesn't mean that the former buys the rabidly secular Syrian Ba'th ideology of either the late Hafiz al-Asad or his son and successor Bashar.