Following the swearing in of a new unity cabinet between the Fatah and Hamas organizations, Fatah's Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared that today marks the "end" of Palestinian division.
In the wake of Fatah and Hamas erecting the foundations for a unity government the Israelis have told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that they will hold him accountable for any Hamas terrorism against Israel.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas chose a prime minister to head a unity government on Thursday but announcement of the lineup was held up over the foreign affairs portfolio, officials said.
Fatah and Hamas have come to an agreement about how the new Palestinian unity government will be formed along with the technocratic ministers will be appointed. Elections are scheduled to transpire six months from now.
In a speech given to leaders of the PLO in Ramallah regarding the very recent Fatah-Hamas reconciliation Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he is willing to extend peace talks with Israel provided his conditions are met.
An Israeli report claims that before the Fatah government had agreed to reconcile with their former Hamas rivals in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to negotiate the borders of a future Palestinian state.
After seven years of operating as separate jurisdictions rival groups Fatah and Hamas that rules the Gaza strip have agreed to form a unity government under the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Mere hours after Fatah and Hamas agreed to reconcile under a single unity government Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a pre-scheduled meeting with Palestinian Authority representatives.
Since Hamas entrenched itself in power in Gaza following its victory in the 2006 election, relations between the two Palestinian power blocs have been tense to say the least. Now there are new unity efforts and talks between the two.
The Prime Minister of the Islamist group Hamas, Ismail Haniya, has called on Palestinians to begin an “armed resistance” campaign against Israel in a bid to undermine and destroy the present peace talks.
Middle crisis continues as Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah agree on unification deal. Both Fatah and Hamas have been waging war against Israel for years. Analysts assess that these militant groups could be planning a new strategy against Israel.
Nablus is an ancient Roman town, north of Jerusalem, in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank. The city, pointed out by the Israeli Defense Force as one of the epicentre of Islamic Palestinian terrorism, is controlled by Hamas.
After weeks of intense infighting amid a power struggle between rival Hamas and Fatah factions, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has dismissed the Hamas lead government and declared a state of emergency.