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It’s a simple question, and yet Obama administration officials are continuing to dance around the answer. Last week, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent asked David Axelrod whether Israel would be expected to negotiate with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, and here was Axelrod’s response : “The president does not believe that any country can be asked to negotiate with a terrorist organization that is sworn to its destruction and unwilling to abandon that goal or embrace a peaceful settlement of the conflict,” [Axelrod] said.
, the leader of the movement and — at least until now — an American ally, joined forces with , the leader of , the Islamist group that rejects Israel’s existence and accepts arms and training from Iran. At the signing ceremony inside Egypt’s intelligence headquarters, men from Mr. Abbas’s , which runs the West Bank, and from Hamas, which rules Gaza — who had for four years viewed one another as solemn enemies — embraced and even joked. But they also expressed steely mutual resolve. “We will have one authority and one decision,” Mr.
For the better part of 20 years, the policies of Fatah (the leading faction within the Palestine Liberation Organisation) have been predictable to the point of tedium. This week in Cairo, in agreeing to a unity and power-sharing deal with Hamas, Fatah surprised . Yes, Palestinian national reconciliation has been tried before, fleetingly and unenthusiastically, following a Saudi-brokered arrangement in spring 2007, and it may again unravel. But this time, Fatah's move appears to be a more calculated and profound break with past practice – and the anticipated opprobrium of the US seems to weigh less heavily.
At this stage it is clear that the party that bore the main brunt of concession, which made the agreement possible, was Hamas The Egyptian announcement of April 27 that Fatah and Hamas reached an agreement on reconciliation took many people by surprise, including Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, who himself did not believe that Hamas would accept the Egyptian reconciliation offer. Israel and the United States, who have factored the rift between Fatah and Hamas as a central element in their policies, were likewise surprised. Against this background, several major questions about the reconciliation agreement emerge. What moved the parties to change their positions and reach an accord?
Fatah, the Palestinian political organisation, has reached an agreement with its rival Hamas on forming an interim government and fixing a date for a general election, Egyptian intelligence has said. In February, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority and a member of Fatah, called for presidential and legislative elections before September , in a move which was rejected by Hamas at the time. "The consultations resulted in full understandings over all points of discussions, including setting up an interim agreement with specific tasks and to set a date for election," Egyptian intelligence said in a statement on Wednesday. The deal, which took many officials by surprise , was thrashed out in Egypt and followed a series of secret meetings. "The two sides signed initial letters on an agreement.
Israel betont, es werde keinen Palästinenserstaat geben, solange die Sicherheit des jüdischen Staates nicht garantiert sei. Obwohl es in den vergangenen Jahren kaum noch Selbstmordanschläge palästinensischer Terroristen gibt, fühlen sich die Israelis bedroht. Die israelischen Grenzstädte werden immer wieder von Raketen der radikalislamischen Hamas beschossen. Schlagen diese Geschosse auf israelischer Seite ein, kommt es regelmäßig zu Vergeltungsschlägen auf palästinensischem Gebiet.
Die beiden verfeindeten Palästinenserorganisationen haben überraschend ein Versöhnungsabkommen unterzeichnet. Israel und die USA reagierten skeptisch. © Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters Ein Mann demonstriert für die Einheit der palästinensischen Gruppen in Gaza-Stadt. Die rivalisierenden Palästinensergruppen Fatah und Hamas haben sich überraschend auf die Bildung einer Einheitsregierung und einen Wahltermin geeinigt. Nach Geheimverhandlungen unter der Vermittlung Ägyptens erklärte ein Sprecher der im Gazastreifen herrschenden radikal-islamischen Hamas , beide Seiten hätten Absichtserklärungen unterzeichnet und alle Streitpunkte beigelegt.
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Fatah, Hamas rivals reach deal NEW: A Palestinian protest last month sought Fatah-Hamas unity An expert says the announcement marks "a very big deal" But the two factions may be acting out of fear that the Arab world's uprisings could hit them, too Israel says Fatah must pick peace with Hamas or with Israel (CNN) -- The politically divided Palestinian territories took a major step toward reconciliation Wednesday when the rival movements of Hamas and Fatah announced a deal to form a unity government, officials from both groups said.
Much contemporary thinking on the recent Israel-Hamas prisoner swap is riddled with mistaken attempts to discern who the winners and losers are. The prisoner swap is a test. It tests not just endurance in the pursuit of immutable goals. More importantly, the swap also tests whether Hamas and Israel could directly negotiate for peace. But first, a word must be said about peace in the age of Arab revolution. It remains to be seen how revolution in low politics leads to a revolution in high politics.
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Palestinian factions have agreed to establish five committees to address key issues for unity. The Egyptian-brokered talks in Cairo between 12 Palestinian factions began on Thursday and follow 18 months of disharmony between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. At a news conference after the talks Ahmed Qurei, a senior Fatah official, said that the moves were a "national necessity and a response to the aspirations of our people."