Rival Palestinian Groups Hamas, Fatah Reach Deal Over Control Of Gaza

by Antonio Miles October 16, 2017, 0:44
Rival Palestinian Groups Hamas, Fatah Reach Deal Over Control Of Gaza

This comes after the two factions signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo last week, including a timetable for elections, and the transfer of Gaza border crossings to Palestinian Authority control.

The Asharq al-Awsat source indicated that the rival Palestinian parties will cooperate on key decisions, under the "principle of participation" included in the preamble of the leaked deal text.

The much-hailed, historic accord signed in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah this week reportedly contains secret clauses, one of which was that Hamas will longer carry out terror attacks on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, according to veteran army radio analyst Jacky Hugi.

She reiterated that having Gaza and the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority is critical for reaching a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Al-Hayyah has just come back from Egypt after Hamas signed an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party on Thursday in Cairo.

The crossing has remained largely closed in recent years. "Our fate is the same, our suffering is one, and because of this our future is also shared". "Palestinian Authority will be redeployed", the official said.

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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.

Hamas has agreed not to initiate confrontation with Israel in Gaza or the West Bank, a report has claimed.

Over the last few months, the PA measures against Gaza, aimed at compelling Hamas to relinquish control of the strip, seem to have made the Islamic movement buckle under the pressure.

Under the terms of the deal, the Ramallah-based Palestinian unity government will assume political and administrative responsibility for the Gaza Strip no later than December 1.

The figure is however a fraction of the more than 20,000 police officers employed separately by Hamas. Hamas officials, however, have vowed its military wing would not disarm.

"We welcome the continuing engagement of Egypt, and we expect all Palestinian factions to move forward in good faith in further process, in order to enable the legitimate Palestinian Authority to resume full control in Gaza", she added.


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