Palestinian reconciliation

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Hamas ‘will never recognise Israel’ — Gaza premier

Gaza Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh said on Saturday in Iran that Hamas “will never recognize Israel”. He furthermore stated that “The resistance will continue until all Palestinian land, including Al Quds [Jerusalem], has been liberated and all the refugees have returned.” His speech was made on the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, to a crowd … Continue reading

Palestinian ‘freedom committee’ downs tools in protest

On Wednesday the Committee on Civil Liberties, a Palestinian committee on freedom of movement and expression decided to suspend its work in Gaza. The committee is hereby protesting the fact that Fatah and Hamas have so far not been able to implement the committees’ recommendations. One of those was a prisoner swap between the two … Continue reading

Hamas Split Threatens Unity Deal

The committee on “Change and Reform” in Hamas’s parliament is questioning the legality of the Doha Agreement, which would make Abbas both Prime Minister and President of a future Palestinian Government. Fatah officials say the move is within the parameters of Palestinian law, claiming that many in Hamas resent the rise of Abbas and its … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas juggles political need with founding principles

Hamas has recently changed its ideological and political views. Founded with strong religious ideological roots, it has recently been obliged to filter its attitudes to match political changes. Naji Shurrab, a professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza says “Hamas is looking for international and regional legitimacy. It knows that the gate to this legitimacy is its political attitudes and so … Continue reading

EU to keep paying new Hamas-linked government

Despite Hamas being designated a terrorist group by the European Union, Palestinian authorities will keep on receiving money from Europe despite the Fatah-Hamas unity government taking shape following the Doha declaration. “The EU looks forward to continuing its support, including through direct financial assistance, for a new Palestinian government that should uphold the principle of non-violence,” … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Analysis: After Doha deal, challenges remain to Hamas- Fatah unity

Though the Doha declaration is an important step in the process of national reconciliation within Palestinian society, much remains to be achieved and many challenges are still ahead. “What happened in Doha is an expression of good intentions and is a good step, but the reconciliation file is thick and will not be resolved quickly,” an analyst … Continue reading

Abbas officially named to head interim Palestinian govt

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed the “Doha Declaration” on Monday, which stipulates that Abbas will lead a unity government to oversee the upcoming Palestinian elections. His “national consensus government will be made up of independents and technocrats and they will be responsible for overseeing the elections.” Both parliamentary and presidential elections are … Continue reading

Netanyahu to Abbas: ‘You Can’t Have it Both Ways’

Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Palestinian Authority’s leader Mahmoud Abbas that reconciliation with Hamas will take Israel away from its willingness to talk for peace. Netanyahu said “the Palestinian Authority must choose between an alliance with Hamas and peace with Israel.” However, Netanyahu’s resistance to the formation of a Fatah-Hamas unity cabinet is based on Hamas’s … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas on the move, seeks Palestinian ascendancy

While the Arab spring has been shaking up countries in the region, Meshaal seems to be looking for new allies to bring Hamas to the forefront of the Palestinian national movement again. The Islamist movements’ ties to Syria and Iran seem to be loosened, as it has pursued the reconciliation with pro-peace Fatah movement of … Continue reading

Hamas Gaza chief begins regional tour

Hamas’ head of government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, arrived in Qatar on Monday. After this visit, he is expected to go to Kuwait, Bahrain and Iran. Earlier this month he visited Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia. New parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in Palestine in May of this year, as part of the … Continue reading

Palestinian politicians doubt elections will take place

Holding elections within a year was one of the main issues that Fatah and Hamas agreed on, in their reconciliation agreement that was signed in Cairo in May 2011. But there is much doubt among Palestinian officials about whether they will take place as planned in May 2012. “Elections can not be held under two … Continue reading

Palestinians take step towards elections, unity

Though many are skeptical as to whether presidential and parliamentarian elections will be held in the Palestinian territories in the near future, as the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement stipulates, a first practical step towards the elections was taken with the opening of a voter registration office in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Hamas claims that Israel is trying … Continue reading

Analysis: Can Palestinian Fatah win the election in May without Pres. Abbas at the helm?

Though they are likely to be postponed as a result of the slow implementation of the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the date for Palestinian elections has been set for May 4, 2012. But as President Mahmoud Abbas told the Fatah Central Committee he is ready to retire, the party is in an urgent … Continue reading

Meshal will not seek reelection; analysts say reason is growing gap between Gaza-based Hamas and exiled leaders

Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, has notified the Hamas leadership that he will not seek reelection. Palestinian analysts claim that the move is due to a growing rift between Hamas’ Gaza-based leader, Ismail Haniyeh, and Syria-based Khaled Meshal. Meshal’s recent statements have been in support of a reconciliation deal with Fatah and have hinted at the acceptance … Continue reading

Haniyeh: 80 Fatah members can return to Gaza

80 members of Fatah who fled Gaza following Hamas’ takeover in 2007 will be allowed to return to the coastal strip, Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday. The Hamas Prime Minister also called for the full implementation of the reconciliation agreement between Palestinian factions, after meeting with the committee in charge of the implementation of the end … Continue reading

Hamas, Islamic Jihad debate joining forces

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two principal Palestinian Islamist movements, are holding talks “at the highest level” in an effort to merge the two factions. According to an Islamic Jihad spokesperson, the efforts at reconciliation are in the interest of the Palestinian cause and the future of the Palestinian liberation movement. “An in-depth dialogue has … Continue reading

Hamas official: Reconciliation talks beset by mistrust

With Fatah and Hamas trying to move forward on the unity agreement signed in Cairo last year, a Hamas official has said that the reconciliation talks are being undermined by massive distrust and lack of confidence in the negotiations. The inability of the two parties to form a unity government has made implementing many parts … Continue reading

Haniyeh: Gaza security forces will remain

Gaza’s Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, said on Monday that the security forces that were formed since the 2007 split with the West Bank will not be dismantled. A key point of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement is the merger of the security forces of rival groups Fatah and Hamas. But the implementation of this aspect is … Continue reading

Hamas: PA arrested over 800 members in 2011

Hamas: PA arrested over 800 members in 2011


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