Ha­mas, Fatah un­veil Pales­tinian rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ri­val Pales­tinian fac­tions Fatah and Ha­mas have an­nounced a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal, say­ing they will seek to form a unity govern­ment soon.

It comes as the peace talks be­tween Pres­i­dent Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas and Is­rael near col­lapse.

Ha­mas and Fatah split vi­o­lently in 2007. Pre­vi­ous rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ments have never been im­ple­mented.

Is­rael’s prime min­is­ter said Mr Ab­bas would have to choose be­tween peace with Is­rael and peace with Ha­mas. “You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn’t done so,” warned Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

Pales­tinian of­fi­cials re­sponded by say­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is an in­ter­nal mat­ter and unit­ing Pales­tinian people would re­in­force peace.

Ab­bas sent a del­e­ga­tion from his Fatah party to Gaza for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks ear­lier this week.

Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment was made at a news con­fer­ence by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Fatah and Ha­mas.

The fac­tions said they planned to form an in­terim unity govern­ment - headed by Mr Ab­bas - within five weeks and hold par­lia­men­tary elec­tions within six months.

“This is the good news we tell our people,” Ismail Haniyeh, prime min­is­ter of the Ha­mas-led govern­ment in Gaza, told re­porters. “The era of di­vi­sion is over.”

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