Hamas Fatah Reconciliation Agreement
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “a fatal blow to peace and a great price for terror.”  Israel responded to the reconciliation by reserving PA taxes.    The United States has stated that it will judge the new Palestinian government on the basis of its policies and that it must recognize Israel, accept previous agreements with it, and renounce violence. Khaled Meshal said Hamas was ready to cooperate with Fatah to lead both Palestinian diplomacy and the “resistance in all its forms,” and that Hamas shared the goal of establishing “an independent and totally sovereign Palestinian state on the land of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with its capital, Jerusalem, without a single settler, without a single centimeter and without the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their former homes in Israel.  Previous agreements were themselves part of a broad reconciliation effort in 2008, 2009 and again in 2010. Sources: Declan Walsh and David Halbfinger, Unity Deal Offers Hope for Palestinians and a Respite for Gaza, New York Times (October 12, 2017); Elior Levy. Fatah, Hamas sign historic reconciliation agreement, YNet News (October 12, 2017; Hamas rejects US calls for disarmament and recognition of Israel, Middle East Eye (19 October 2017); Alex Fishman. A Hopeless Reconciliation Agreement, YNet News, (13 October 2017); Palestinian unity government must recognize Israel, disarm Hamas: USA, Yahoo News (October 19, 2017); Jonathan Cook. Will the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah be concluded? Al-Jazeera (October 13, 2017); Dov Leiber. Hamas leader: We will not discuss the recognition of Israel, but only the Times of Israel (October 20, 2017); Raf Sanchez.
Hamas passes the crossings into Gaza as part of the Telegraph Palestinian reconciliation agreement (November 1, 2017). Despite a number of agreements, these attempts have yet to be successful, with Hamas still exercising full control of the Gaza Strip, despite the formation of the “unity government” in June 2014. Israel and the United States have spoken out effectively against reconciliation.  A Qatari official told al-Monitor: “Fatah and Hamas agreed not to talk to the media about the details of the reconciliation and to avoid statements that could create tensions, in light of previous experiences that had previously hindered reconciliation based on statements made here and there.”  In attempts at reconciliation, Hamas has mainly focused on reforming the PLO and integrating it into the organization. . . .
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