Fatah-Hamas reconciliation efforts irk Netanyahu

  • Fatah-Hamas reconciliation efforts irk Netanyahu

Fatah-Hamas reconciliation efforts irk Netanyahu

In September, Hamas has come to accept the return of the Authority under the pressure of the big neighbouring egypt, disappointments diplomatic of his ally of qatar and a severe turn of the screw given financial by the president of the Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since seizing it from the PA in a near civil war in 2007, and since then multiple reconciliation attempts have failed. Gaza is administered by Hamas.

Hamdallah, accompanied by a senior governmental delegation, crossed into the Gaza Strip on Monday in a move towards reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas parties, as his unity government would begin assuming control of the region's administrative affairs, as well as "security tasks and responsibility for crossings and borders".

The Palestinian prime minister has appealed for unity at the start of a rare trip to Gaza, as part of efforts to end a rift between Fatah and Hamas.

He also said the reconciliation will require "hard efforts, time, patience, and wisdom".

"The government does not have a magic wand", he told reporters.

In a pre-recorded speech played at the meeting, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi backed the talks.

Abbas said he did not know when he would visit Gaza.

The sides will hold further talks on Tuesday in Cairo. "Hamas seems to be trying to throw the hot potato into the lap of the Palestinian Authority".

Egypt and Israel, Hamas' chief adversary, have maintained a blockade around Gaza since 2006. Hamas once governed the region jointly with the Fatah political party, which now leads the Authority. Now the "reconciliation" with Fatah shows how Hamas has been weakened.

"Unless it's real disarmament it's not viable, it's not sustainable and it won't be acceptable to Israelis or Americans", said Daniel Shapiro, the former US ambassador to Israel.

In an interview with Egypt's private On TV, Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday that his group has "the right to possess weapons and resist the occupation with all forms of resistance".

Now, however, careful phrasing by USA and Palestinian officials strongly suggests that Hamas will not fade into the night. The Israeli government has rejected proposals to relieve the situation in the Strip through projects that Hamas can take credit for, such as building a major seaport under global oversight.

Hamas leader Haniya said they were willing to "pay any price" for reconciliation but analysts say disarming would effectively mean the end of the movement.

It was a visit twice blessed by the Trump administration, first through a statement last week by the Quartet, the grouping of the United States, Russia, the European Union and Russia that guides the peace process, and again Monday with a statement from Jason Greenblatt, Trump's top global negotiator. The Trump administration has stressed the importance of committing to nonviolence.

Hamdallah said the reconstruction of Gaza, which is still recovering from a 2014 war with Israel, would be a priority.