Unity deal offers hope for Palestinians

Unity deal offers hope for Palestinians

Sources from Hamas told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday that Thursday's reconciliation deal signed between rival Palestinian factions includes an agreement that the militant group will not attempt to start a conflict with Israel in the West Bank.

While Hamas has for years agreed to a ceasefire against Israel from the Gaza Strip, its West Bank operatives have continued to plan and provoke attacks against Israelis.

The deal would see both Hamas and Fatah form a Palestinian government to appoint the prime minister and ministerial positions.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday that the EU is ready to help the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to reunite under "one single and legitimate Palestinian Authority".

Senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri (left) sits next to Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad as they sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Thursday.

An official from Abbas's Fatah movement said the PA president was planning to soon travel to the Gaza Strip as part of the unity bid in what would be his first visit in a decade.

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According to the agreement, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority will resume all governing responsibilities in Gaza no later than December 1.

Also as part of the agreement, the Palestinian Authority can not take any new steps regarding Israel. The reports also said the Palestinian Authority would seek to merge Hamas' police officers in Gaza with the Palestinian security services. But instead, the worldwide community should have tried to "pull Hamas into a dialogue", Blair said in an interview for Donald Macintyre's "Gaza: Preparing for Dawn", which is set to be released in November.

Islamist movement Hamas is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

The boycott led by the George W Bush US administration at the time, pushed for a boycott of Hamas unless it abided by previous agreements between its Fatah predecessors and Israel.

It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions. One of the key sticking points will be the fate of Hamas's 25,000-strong military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

Fateh wants to restore full control over all Palestinian territories unoccupied by Israel, hoping that this will strengthen its hand if peace talks ever restart.

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