CAIRO – 14 October 2017: The Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo on Wednesday is a source of hope for all Palestinians.
The deal, based on understandings already crafted in 2011, provides a gradual solution for the issues in dispute between the two organizations.
Fatah spokesperson told reporters on Saturday that Hamas will hand over control of all crossing borders before November 1, and Hamas members may "take part in the crossing borders’ administration office."
Under Egyptian auspices, Palestine’s two main political rivals, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation accord Thursday in Cairo, which denotes that the Concession Government will have administration over the Rafah border before December 1.
Egypt, which hosted a series of meetings over the past few days between both parties, invited the Palestinian factions that signed the 2011 accord to hold their upcoming meeting on November 21, 2017, in Cairo.
How does Israel see the Palestinian reconciliation?
On October 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Jewish state would not accept any reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah without the dismantlement of the Hamas military wing, and the severance of connections with Iran.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas will make “peace much harder to achieve,” hours after the Palestinian faction Fatah and the rival terror group Hamas signed a unity deal in Cairo in a bid to end a decade-long rift.
“Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas makes peace [with Israel] much harder to achieve,” Netanyahu said on his office’s Facebook page.
Netanyahu said Israel would oppose “any reconciliation in which the terrorist organization Hamas does not disarm and end its war to destroy Israel.”
“Reconciling with mass-murderers is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Say yes to peace and no to joining hands with Hamas,” he said.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the nationalist Jewish Home party, blasted the deal.
“The Palestinians today decided to form a terror government,” he said in a statement. “Mahmoud Abbas" joining with Hamas turns the Palestinian Authority into a terror authority. Israel must sever any connection to this terror authority. From now, any Israeli cooperation with Abbas is cooperation with Hamas. This must be stressed ahead of expected international pressure to resume negotiations in light of the Palestinian agreement.”
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Israeli channel 10 reported last week that Israeli officials fear Arouri’s powerful position in Hamas could lead to an upsurge in terror if Fatah-Hamas reconciliation goes ahead, since Fatah could give Hamas greater flexibility and freedom in the West Bank.
"There is nothing Israel wants more than peace with all our neighbors. Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas makes peace much harder to achieve," said a statement posted by Ofir Gendelmen, the prime minister's Arab media spokesperson.
"Reconciling with mass-murderers is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Say yes to peace and no to joining hands with Hamas."
All previous Fatah-Hamas attempts to reconcile have quickly broken down.
The deal comes a month after Hamas dissolved the committee which runs the Gaza Strip and said it was willing to work towards reconciliation with its West Bank rivals.
The two Palestinian Territories have been ruled separately since Hamas won local elections in the Strip in 2006. A year of tense unity government administration ended after fights in 2007 which led to Hamas expelling Fatah from the coastal enclave altogether.