Hamas & Fatah reach agreement settling recent disputes: Hamas gov’t employees in Gaza will again be paid, & the management of the border crossings will be handed over to Palestinian Authority.
By AFP, Reuters
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on Thursday by which the unity government run by President Mahmoud Abbas would take “immediate control” of the Gaza Strip, negotiators in Egypt-mediated reconciliation talks told reporters.
Negotiations in Cairo over implementation of unity government – Photo: EPA
“Fatah and Hamas have reached a comprehensive agreement for the return of the unity government to the Gaza Strip,” Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah delegation in Cairo, told AFP. Continue Reading »
Egyptian official reports new Sisi administration backs Fatah-Hamas unity gov’t, considering to reopen the Rafah crossing under PA control.
By Ari Yashar
A senior Egyptian official revealed Saturday that newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s administration strongly supports the new Hamas-Fatah unity government, and is considering giving it supervision of the Rafah crossing from Gaza to Sinai.
The official, who spoke to the Judea and Samaria-based Arab Ma’an News Agency on condition of anonymity, said Egypt is willing to open the crossing which has been closed for months.
The move is part of an Egyptian siege of the Hamas-enclave of Gaza, which has sealed off the illegal smuggling tunnels that are used to transport fuel and goods from Sinai, but also weapons and terrorists, and has consequently caused an economic collapse in Gaza. Continue Reading »
Additional signs of ‘unity’ trepidation as PA security personnel arrest 100 Hamas members organizing the ‘Naksa Day’ event before a Fatah member was arrested in Gaza following a violent skirmish over money between the 2 factions.
By Ari Yashar
The tensions between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, despite the newly founded unity government on Monday, were displayed on Thursday as PA security services arrested Hamas members in Hevron located in Judea.
Members of the Gaza-based Hamas terror organization tried to organize a large event in Hevron for “Naksa Day,” the annual demonstrations against the 1967 Six Day War liberation of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights by Israel. Continue Reading »
Following Hamas’ ‘thugs’ attacking Fatah members over salaries from new unity gov’t, the PA threatens ‘consequences’ after the closure of banks in Gaza.
By Ari Yashar
The unity government founded between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and terrorist group Hamas on Monday is hitting early snags, as brawls broke out in Gaza on Thursday over the payment of employees of the two groups, leading to the closure of banks.
Hamas violently took control of Gaza in 2007, and began cracking down on Fatah officials living in the territory. Since then the PA has continued paying roughly 70,000 employees in Gaza.
Thousands of Hamas employees, who have not been paid for the last several weeks, lined up at bank ATMs in Gaza on Thursday, hoping to now withdraw their back-logged salaries thanks to the unity government, reports Reuters. Continue Reading »
All 3 countries call on int’l community to support Fatah-Hamas gov’t, breaking their ranks with Israel.
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The new Palestinian unity government has received three welcome endorsements from major world powers India, China and Turkey, all within a day of Palestinian President Abbas swearing in a cabinet of 17 technocrats.
Women from India in Manger Square, outside the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, May 25, 2014. – Photo: Reuters
All three called on the international community to throw its support behind and work with the new government, in contrast to the wishes of the Israeli government, which is seeking to punish the Palestinian Authority for forming a government with Hamas.
Jordanian newspaper reports the U.S. promised to convince Israel to allow unity government elections in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu ‘deeply troubled’ by the new White House policy.
By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
According to new reports, the American administration has promised the new Fatah-Hamas unity government, which was sworn in this Monday, that it will convince Israel to allow that new government’s elections to be held in the eastern part of Jerusalem.
“A source that knows things,” apparently from within the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Hamas, was quoted in the Jordanian paper Al-Arab Al-Youm, reporting the American promise to work for parliamentary and presidential elections for the new unity government to be held in the Israeli capital. Continue Reading »
State Department spokeswoman says “based on what we know” President Obama’s administration intended to continue working with the Fatah-Hamas unity gov’t.
By Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – The US State Department announced Monday night that it planned to continue disbursing aid to Palestinians, after President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new unity government earlier in the day which incorporated Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.
US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that “based on what we know” President Barak Obama’s administration intended to continue working with the Fatah-Hamas unity government.
Psaki said that Abbas promised to commit to the terms of the Quartet, and that the US will “evaluate the composition and policies of the new government and calibrate our approach accordingly.” Continue Reading »
History at PLO HQ in Ramallah as Abbas’ new government now includes Fatah’s mortal opposition, Gaza’s Hamas.
By Elior Levy
The Palestinian unity government has been sworn in at the PLO headquarters in Ramallah, with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas present at the event.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas & Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – Photo: Reuters
The brief ceremony at Abbas’ West Bank headquarters was preceded by last-minute haggling over the makeup of the 17-member Cabinet of technocrats, signaling the continued tensions between the long-time rivals.
Hamas’ threatened Monday to backtrack from its commitment to form a unity government with Abbas’ Fatah because of the latter’s move to dissolve the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoner Affairs. Continue Reading »
Hamas official informed Fatah it will refuse to join gov’t unless Ministry of Prisoners remains in zero-hour demand.
By Ari Yashar
Hamas informed Fatah on Monday that it would refuse to join the unity government being unveiled in Ramallah at 1 p.m. local time, unless its demands regarding the Ministry of Prisoners are met.
According to Hamas Spokesperson Sami Abu-Zuhri, Fatah had been given an official notice about the Hamas decision on Sunday to reject the swearing in of the new government if the Ministry of Prisoners is cancelled, reports Ma’an News Agency.
“(The) Hamas movement won’t agree to announce a unity government without a ministry and a minister of prisoners, and Fatah has already been notified of that irrevocable decision,” Abu-Zuhri declared Monday. Continue Reading »