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On the rare use of the death penalty that is.

And given the state of affairs these days it is good to find something to which they do agree.

Both the Palestinian Authority and the state of Israel do allow executions to be carried out for crimes but Israel has not conducted an execution since the sixties and the PA has not since 2007.

Hamas on the other hand has recently executed two more people bringing the total number to 23 since 2007 with some of those being extra-judicial killings during November 2007 after they seized control of Gaza.

How does this stark difference in applying the death penalty bode for the future unified government? Given that with these executions Hamas' flouts the PA law that no execution may take place without the President's signature it could be part of a larger struggle for representing the voice of the Palestinians.

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