Turkey welcomes Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that Israel "objects to any reconciliation that does not include" accepting worldwide agreements, recognizing Israel and disarming Hamas.

While Hamas has for years agreed to a ceasefire against Israel from the Gaza Strip, its West Bank operatives have continued to plan and provoke attacks against Israelis.

According to the newspaper, Hamas sources confirmed that the deal includes an "implicit understanding" to end confrontation in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Israel, along with the so-called Middle East Quartet - the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russian Federation - has said it opposes any Palestinian unity government if Hamas does not renounce terrorism, accept Israel's right to exist, and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

On Thursday, Hamas and Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation deal in Cairo aimed at ending ten years of crippling inter-Palestinian political division.

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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.

An official from Abbas's Fatah movement said the PA president was planning to soon travel to the Gaza Strip as part of the unity bid in what would be his first visit in a decade. The reports also said the Palestinian Authority would seek to merge Hamas' police officers in Gaza with the Palestinian security services.

For the Palestinian leadership, it held out the prospect of negotiating with Israel with a single voice, even as it forced the divided territory's most radical militants to make painful concessions that acknowledged their own failure to advance their cause. One of the key sticking points will be the fate of Hamas's 25,000-strong military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

The recent accord struck between Fateh and Hamas in Cairo was received with relief by many Palestinians. "Ultimately Hamas's participation in the realities of political responsibility might bring about Hamas's transformation to a political rather than terrorist organization", the document predicted.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had previously insisted no unity government could be established before Hamas disarmed. Hamas and Israel fought three wars over the past decade.

Other reports by GizPress

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