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Abbas and his allies are hoping that the party's first congress on Palestinian soil would mend Fatah's internal divisions - especially a generational conflict - and give it a strengthened hand in Egyptian-brokered reconciliation talks with Hamas that are aimed at restoring Palestinian political unity and resuming a stalled peace process with Israel.
The White House now has a strengthened hand heading into a pivotal ministerial gathering of the 148 WTO members in Hong Kong in December;
economy, and the strengthened hand of police and intelligence agencies through the Patriot Act.

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