Egypt unites Palestinian groups Hamas, Fatah

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

Heniyye's press adviser Tahir en-Nunu, said in a written statement, "Heniyye, Hamas and Fatah, Egypt's intermediate findings, in morning, announcing agreement", he used statement.

"Fatah and Hamas reached an agreement at dawn today upon a generous Egyptian sponsorship", Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement.

Officials said that apart from the implementation of the 2011 agreement and security, the Cairo talks would also cover issues such as setting a date for presidential and legislative elections and reforming the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is in charge of long-stalled peace efforts with Israel.

The two sides had been meeting in the Egyptian capital this week with the aim of ending a crippling decade-old split between the rival factions.

The two groups held on Tuesday and Wednesday two sessions of national dialogue in Cairo described as held in a positive atmosphere "out of a sense of national responsibility and in response to the aspirations of the Palestinian people to end the division, achieve national unity and strengthen the steadfastness of our people", according to Ahmad.

The latest reconciliation efforts come as US President Donald Trump has sought to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and met separately with Abbas and Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY last month. In the years since, Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip and Fatah the West Bank. Multiple previous reconciliation talks have failed.

Abbas has not visited the enclave since his forces were pushed out in 2007 by Islamists Hamas, who have controlled it ever since.

Both rivals hope the deal's proposed deployment of security personnel from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority to Gaza's borders will encourage Egypt and Israel to lift their tight restrictions at border crossings, a much needed step to help Gaza revive its economy.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah then made a rare trip to Gaza. But Hamas would still have the most powerful armed Palestinian faction, whose estimated 25,000 well-equipped fighters have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

Reconciliation could also pose a dilemma for worldwide efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal since Hamas has not recognised Israel, unlike the Abbas-led Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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