Hamas Vows to Keep Weapons Under Reconciliation Deal with Fatah

MOHAMMED ABED

Palestinian PM arrives in Gaza, first visit since 2015

Hamas governs Gaza, home to two-thirds of the Palestinian Territories.

In September, Hamas has come to accept the return of the Authority under the pressure of the big neighbouring egypt, disappointments diplomatic of his ally of qatar and a severe turn of the screw given financial by the president of the Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. The moves deepened the hardships facing the strip, which has been battered by an Israeli and Egyptian blockade and wars with Israel.

The video was played as Egyptian intelligence head Khaled Fawzi met with Hamas and Palestinian Authority leaders in the Gaza Strip.

"Bennett stipulated three conditions before money transfers would be authorized: "return of the bodies of slain IDF soldiers Oron Shaul, Hy" d, and Hadar Goldin, Hy" d; Hamas's recognition of Israel and "the ending of incitement"; and the Palestinian Authority ending all payments to terrorists imprisoned in Israel.

In a meeting of the Likud, PM Netanyahu said: "We expect everyone who talks about a peace process to recognize the State of Israel and, of course, to recognize a Jewish state, and we are not prepared to accept bogus reconciliations in which the Palestinian side apparently reconciles at the expense of our existence". "This place will be a part of the state of Israel", he added, speaking in Hebrew.

Officially, Israel has responded coldly to the reconciliation process. "If it does, then it's a non-starter for Israel", he said. "We will pay any price so that Palestinian reconciliation will succeed". A unity government had been formed in 2014 between the two factions but failed to function due to hostilities over responsibilities.

Both factions are expected in Cairo next week for a major conference to cement the reconciliation.

The recent effort to bridge ties is happening in the backdrop of changing the geopolitical dynamic in the region.

Fatah president Mahmoud Abbas wants Hamas to give up their weapons as part of a Fatah-Hamas unity government.

Nour Odeh, a political analyst based in the West Bank, contrasted this with the previous reconciliation attempt in 2014, when ministers of a unity government were often not allowed to leave their hotels by Hamas. The Cabinet members later went to the offices of each of their ministries to formally assume control from Hamas. On the other hand, President Abbas is firm about ensuring consolidation of authority over both civilian and security apparatus. "We need all people to join in the movement in order to alleviate the sufferings of our people and face Israel's occupation in unity", said Salah al-Bardawil, spokesperson for the Islamic Hamas movement. The Palestinian Authority has signed peace deals with Israel, but Hamas was not party to them and does not recognise Israel's right to exist. "It is a day of Eid, a national holiday", Abdel-Majid Ali, 46, told Reuters. We have realized the real national unification.

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