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Hamas, Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation

16 October, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Unity deal offers hope for Palestinians

The Israeli right-wing Minister of Education, Naftali Bennet, will demand, during the meeting for the Israel government on Sunday, to cut relations with the Palestinian Authority in light of the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Facebook that any reconciliation deal must make Hamas disarm and "end its war to destroy Israel".

Hugi reported that sources that are "in the know" told him that Major General Majid Faraj, head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Agency, refused to sign the agreements until Hamas will agree to a truce in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The Egyptian patrons of the reconciliation deal invited Palestinian factions for a national dialogue in Cairo on October 21, to discuss the remaining issues related to the decade long internal Palestinian division. Much of the worldwide community has supported the rapprochement, believing that Palestinian unity will serve both to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enhance the prospects of jump-starting peace negotiations with Israel.

Abbas welcomed the deal in comments to AFP and said he considered it a "final agreement to end the division"-though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed".

For the 2 million Palestinians of Gaza, trapped in a tiny coastal strip that is frequently compared to an open-air prison, the Cairo deal offered a potential respite from their lives of dire shortages of electricity and lifesaving medicine, as well as a chance to travel to the outside world.

Hamas leadership is reportedly "furiously investigating" who leaked the information to Hugi, and some within the Palestinian media have said that the developments that Hugi has described have little basis in reality, and have been misinterpreted by the reporter.

The figure is a fraction of the number of police officers employed by Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.

It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

But one central issue has yet to be discussed: the fate of Hamas' militant wing and cache of rockets and weapons. And the Palestinian Authority is hoping that reconciliation will allow the Palestinian territories to have a unified voice to press Israel for an independent state.



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