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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Hamas/Fatah Agreement: Hold the Cheers
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Numerous previous Hamas/Fatah reconciliation agreements failed after being announced. Will this one fare better? Not likely given tough unresolved issues.
On Thursday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya issued a brief statement, saying "(a)n agreement was reached today between Hamas and Fatah under Egyptian sponsorship" – with no further elaboration.
Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Eita said details would be announced later on Thursday during a press conference.
Both groups began meeting in Cairo on Tuesday – following talks in Gaza. Reportedly Hamas agreed to let the Palestinian Authority (PA) control Gaza's Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
Talks will continue on attempting to form Palestinian unity governance. Both sides have been hostile to each other for the past decade.
Hamas' military wing remains the most contentious issue.
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