United Nations 'carefully optimistic' on Fatah-Hamas reconciliation

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Tuesday

The Palestinian unity government is set to assume political and administrative responsibility for the blockaded Gaza Strip, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced Monday after arriving to the strip for a highly-anticipated visit.

In a significant step, Hamas last month invited Hamdallah's unity government, led by Fatah, to take control of administrating Gaza. In Gaza, the PA will sweep the streets and deal with water and electricity issues while Hamas is free to continue their arms build up with the aid of Iran that provides this Palestinian terror organization with an estimated $70 million a year, making it the largest financial and weapons supplier, with regimes in Qatar and Turkey also backing Hamas.

An Egyptian delegation, and the UN's Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, have also gone to Gaza to oversee the transition.

Hamas which has been controlling the besieged Strip, last month made a U-turn in its policy after accepting to reconcile with Fatah as the Islamist movement faces economic hardship and boycott by major Arab countries namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt. The optics of the arrangement could also become an issue that inhibits the PA's governance, should the populace come to understand that, in reality, it is Hamas pulling the strings from behind the scenes.

Hamas spokesman Fawzy Barhoum told the Maan news agency that he was optimistic about the success of reconciliation, citing "unprecedented Palestinian will by all parties". "We hope this time reconciliation is for real".

"The Palestinian leadership doesn't want to reach a situation where the Qassam brigades control the situation in the Gaza Strip like Hizbollah does in Lebanon", said Ashraf Ajrami, a former PA minister for prisoner affairs.

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Addressing the crowds, he urged people to support the reconciliation efforts.

Since then, Abbas's limited power has been confined to the West Bank which is under Israeli military occupation and is located, at its nearest point, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Israel-Gaza border.

A Hamas police honour guard and hundreds of Palestinians, many of them waving Palestinian flags, awaited Hamdallah outside the Hamas-controlled checkpoint, down the road from Israel's Erez border crossing through which the prime minister and his motorcade passed.

"They can't bridge the fundamental differences between them", said Shapiro, now a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu's office declined to comment directly on the Palestinian Authority's return to Gaza or discuss how Israel may respond to Hamas's renewed involvement with the Palestinian Authority. Hamas calls for Israel's destruction and has fought three wars with the Jewish state. But we are determined to tackle every issue and solve it in the best interest of our national cause.

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