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Analysis: Unity Deal Brings Risks for Abbas and Israel


The final reconciliation deal that was signed on Monday between the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamist movement Hamas brings risks for the peace talks between Israel and Palestine, and for the relations that the Palestinian authority has with other foreign countries.

The two leaders said that they would announce a full unity government in about two weeks from now. Palestinians meanwhile, greeted the news with skepticism, especially in Gaza. The complex issues of power sharing and the restructuring of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation have yet to be negotiated, and previous negotiations have never found their way to implementation.After the agreement between the two parties, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Abbas could have peace with Israel or unity with Hamas, but not both. Furthermore, the deal could lead to a decrease in foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, since the United States have designated Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

Analysts say that this move also marks a change in Hamas’ policies, and could lead to a more moderate, reformist stance.

The New York Times, United States.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

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