Dissent in Gaza

By Robert Richer

Robert Richer served as a former Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA.  He retired in 2005 and before his retirement he also served as Chief of the Near East and South Asia Division, responsible for Clandestine Service Operations throughout the Middle East and South Asia. Mr. Richer currently consults on Middle East and national security issues and is a senior partner with International Advisory Partners.

The Cipher Brief sat down with Robert Richer, former Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA, to discuss impending changes atop the Hamas leadership and the potential for a restart of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. With peace talks “dead in the water” and living conditions broaching unbearable in the Gaza Strip, there is “internal dissent within the Gaza side” says Richer.

The Cipher Brief: What is the current state of relations between Hamas and Fatah? What impact does the current state of Palestinian politics have on potential peace negotiations with Israel?

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