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In Shadow of Stalled Peace Talks, Hamas and Fatah Nearing Reconciliation – Zvi Bar’el
(dailyalert.org, Apr. 23, 2014)

Headlines in Palestinian news outlets on Monday reflected incautious optimism regarding the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation: “Breakthrough expected”; “Chances good for implementation of reconciliation agreements between Fatah and Hamas”; “Hamas welcomes Fatah delegation.”

    Representatives of the movements met on Sunday in Cairo and, according to reports from Egypt, achieved “real progress” after Hamas agreed to give in on one of the fundamental conditions of the agreement, by which “all clauses of the agreement are to be viewed as a single entity.”

    The parties also agreed to begin two weeks of talks on the establishment of a national unity government, and only thereafter to discuss a date for elections and the distribution of portfolios in the unified PLO leadership. (Ha’aretz)

    See also Netanyahu: Abbas Must Choose between Israel and Hamas – Raphael Ahren

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday that a reported reconciliation deal with the Hamas terrorist organization ruling Gaza would mean the end of the current, U.S.-mediated effort to negotiate a peace deal. “Instead of moving into peace with Israel, he’s moving into peace with Hamas,” Netanyahu said. “He [Abbas] has to choose: Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn’t done so.”

    Netanyahu told visiting Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Jerusalem that Israel was trying to extend peace negotiations with the Palestinians beyond their April 29 deadline, but blamed Abbas for “raising additional conditions.”  (Times of Israel)

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