Palestinian reconciliation still far from a done deal

Pauline Gross
October 10, 2017

"In truth, if this happens, it will not lead to a genuine reconciliation [agreement] but will rather reinforce Fatah's dominance and autocratic governance over the Palestinian political spectrum and institutions".

The Fatah-Hamas talks, brokered by Egypt, are supposed to kick off on Tuesday in Cairo to discuss implementation of the 2011 Cairo agreement between the two major Palestinian factions on reconciliation and reunification of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, divided since the 2007 Hamas coup. After suffering under ever-more-severe sanctions imposed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas announced last month it was dissolving its administration and would be open to reuniting the parties under the PA.

Israeli authorities intercept illicit goods heading for Hamas on a regular basis at crossings from Israel into the Strip. "It is hard to imagine Hamas giving up its weapons for the sake of reconciliation", he told Al Jazeera.

The next day, the Cabinet held its weekly meeting - in Gaza for the first time in years - without mention of lifting the sanctions.

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"If peace prevails, Hamas will agree to allow its weapons to be under the control of the unity government", he said.

Security sources in Rafah town said the four, including Eassa were arrested at a security forces checkpoint in Rafah town.

Hamas has elected senior group member Saleh al-Arouri, a man best known for orchestrating a lethal triple kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, as deputy chief of its influential Political Bureau, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

The Israeli military says it has responded to rocket fire shot from the Gaza strip. Funds coming from overseas to Gaza should be monitored by a unified financial and administrative management and should be deposited into one financial account.

Other reports by GizPress

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