An insurgency. A civil war. A collapsed government. No, not Iraq.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister, a day after dissolving the Hamas-led unity coalition, officials say.

Former Finance Minister Salam Fayyad, an independent, has been asked to take over and form an emergency government.

The move comes amid political upheaval in Gaza, where Hamas has forcibly taken control from its Fatah rivals.

But Ismail Haniya, of Hamas, says he is still prime minister and has vowed to disregard Mr Abbas’s decisions.

It’s interesting how many Democrats are willing to work with the Palestinians and want them to have their own country, but are more than ready to throw the Iraqi government, which is holding together far, far better and making much more progress, to the wolves.

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