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What's in Store for the Middle East?

Hamas has seized control of Gaza, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is fighting back politically.

Abbas, a moderate and member of Fatah, fired Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya on Friday and replaced him with an independent, Salam Fayyad, who is well-respected in the international community. He is a former Palestinian Authority Finance Minister.

Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa program director at the International Crisis Group, says this is a setback for the idea of a two-state solution. He predicts that Fatah and Hamas will try to negotiate again.

Malley takes a look at the big picture with Alex Cohen.

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