Hamas, Fatah reach agreement in Palestinian reconciliation talks

Haniyeh Hamdallah

Hamas says that it has reached a reconciliation deal with Fatah, ending a decade-long rift that has left the Palestinian Territories without a unified government.

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he "welcomes" the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation signed between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo.

The Western-backed mainstream Fatah party lost control of Gaza to Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the West and Israel, in fighting in 2007.

The 2011 agreement stipulated that legislative, presidential and national council elections should be conducted within one year of its signing.

Palestinian negotiators from rival Hamas and Fatah factions have signed a reconciliation deal at a short ceremony in Cairo.

A senior Palestinian official said Abbas, the leader of Fatah, might visit Gaza in the coming weeks, depending on the successful implementation of the agreement.

Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement that details would be announced in Cairo later on Thursday.




The official was referring to the diplomatic Quartet on Middle East peace, which includes the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russian Federation.

Previous attempts at reconciliation have repeatedly failed, and many analysts are treating the latest bid with caution, waiting to see if actual change will occur on the ground.

He said the unity government would "run all institutions without exception", including all border crossings with Israel and in Rafah, Gaza's only access point with Egypt.

The crossing has remained largely closed in recent years.

The publicly-released parts of the agreement did not specify what would happen to Hamas' armed wing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Facebook that any reconciliation deal must make Hamas disarm and "end its war to destroy Israel".

The readout of the Secretary-General's phone call comes as media outlets are reporting that Egyptian-facilitated talks in Cairo have led to a breakthrough in the talks among Palestinian parties on administration in the Gaza Strip.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Seth Meyers gives viewers Eminem's ultimatum: Pick me or pick Trump
Oct 13, 2017 - 00:42
Eminem closed the piece by saying people who don't support the president love the military and the country, but "hate Trump ". Eminem reacted by showing his middle finger to potential Trump supporters among his fans.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Union Says NFL Owner's Threat on Flag Violates Labor Law
Oct 13, 2017 - 00:39
In a players and coaches meeting Wednesday, the Cowboys decided the actions they took in Week 3 were appropriate. Two players, defensive linemen David Irving and Damontre Moore, raised fists at the end of Sunday's anthem.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Overwatch's Halloween Terror Event is Live, Check Out All the Features
Oct 12, 2017 - 01:01
From the teaser and leaks we know already that there are new skins for McCree, Reaper, Mei , Symmetra and Zenyatta. These skins will be included in Halloween Terror Loot Boxed, along with avatars, sprays, voice lines, and more.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean
Oct 12, 2017 - 01:00
Ophelia is now located about 785 miles southwest of the Azores, a group of autonomous Portuguese islands in the North Atlantic. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran: US aiding terrorism if Revolutionary Guards declared terrorists
Oct 12, 2017 - 01:00
He is also expected to designate Iran's most powerful security force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist organization.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top FTII needs good administrator, not good actor: Chauhan
Oct 12, 2017 - 00:55
He made his acting debut in Hindi film Aagman in the 1982 and has appeared in over 500 films so far. Congratulatory messages for Anupam Kher , many from the film fraternity, flooded social media.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amid Corker Feud, Trump Dismisses Senator's WWIII Warning
Oct 12, 2017 - 00:54
Bob Corker is apparently still on, based on the new nickname the president bestowed upon Corker Tuesday morning. Trump tweeted: "Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Korea Apparently Tried To Hack Into American Power Companies
Oct 12, 2017 - 00:54
More recently, Seoul accused North Korea of having hacked, stolen and leaked sensitive military secrets and Seoul-Washington war plans.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 2014 defeat knocked sense into us, admits Rahul Gandhi
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:32
The Gandhi family did nothing for three decades. The CM with Shah and Smriti Irani in Amethi . The electoral messaging for 2019 behind Mr.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Xiaomi to launch 'Mi MIX 2' in India today
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:31
General availability will commence in the first week of November at Flipkart , Mi Home stores and Xiaomi's offline partners. The smartphone also has scratch-resistant feature and in China it was launched in three variants - 54, 128 and 256 Gb.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tyrrell Hatton achieves Tiger Woods-level dominance at St Andrews
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:30
A score of 59 appeared within his grasp after he posted 11 birdies in 15 holes, but he fell short after parring the last three. Past year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hillary Clinton 'shocked and appalled' by Weinstein accusations
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:30
A high-profile donor in the Democratic Party, Weinstein has contributed more $20,000 to Clinton's campaigns since she ran for U.S. Already, a large number of prominent Democrats have, donating the equivalent in contributions from Weinstein to charity.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China ready to maintain peace with India along the border
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:29
Sitharaman has travelled extensively to various military stations and border areas. In return, the Chinese soldiers too reply with greetings in Mandarin, Ni Hao.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bellinger, Dodgers beat D'backs, 3-1, to return to NLCS
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:26
Arizona overpowered the Dodgers in those six games by a combined score of 40-13. "I'm ready now to go at any time ". I mean, I get why the D-Backs would be upset, but if you put a pool in your ballpark, you're asking for trouble.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lawmaker takes first step to remove Columbus Day in NYC
Oct 10, 2017 - 00:38
She proposed it for November during Native American Heritage Month. "And let's learn from history, the good the bad and the ugly". Monuments to the explorer are also in the cross hairs. "There are a lot of inaccuracies in our history", Green said.