|President Mahmoud Abbas|
|Ismail al- Ashkar|
Abbas needs to satisfy international demands that the interim government— to consist of politically independent technocrats — is not a front for Hamas, shunned as a terror group. If it is seen as too close to Hamas, the Palestinians would likely lose hundreds of millions of dollars in Western aid. At the same time, he risks sabotage from Hamas leaders in Gaza if he tries to strip them of too much of their power.