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Fatah, Hamas agree to reconciliation deal
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(JTA) -- The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to a reconciliation deal.

The surprise deal to form an interim government and hold general elections within a year was reached in secret negotiations in Cairo between the two sides, according to reports. A formal announcement of the reconciliation reportedly will be made next week.

“All points of differences have been overcome," said Taher Al-Nono, a Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, according to Reuters.

The two sides have been at odds since Hamas violently ousted Fatah from the Gaza Strip in 2007. Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority, rules in the West Bank, while Hamas rules in Gaza.

Israel has a working relationship with Fatah but has no direct contact with Hamas, a designated terrorist organization that remains sworn to Israel’s destruction.

Reacting to news of the reconciliation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel could not carry out peace negotiations with a government that includes Hamas.

"You can't have peace with both Israel and Hamas," Netanyahu said of the Palestinian Authority. "Choose peace with Israel."

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04/28/2011 - 11:04
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Most of the world forgot how a joint ruled Gaza's election got usurped by the Hamas faction terrorizing and killing Fatah officials and supporters. Hamas was also helped by the PA's corruption and lack of providing desperate Gazans much in the way of Social Services. Services somewhat supplied by Hamas with the help of other players cash (Iran Syria, etc.). And also look at the bloodbath that took place toward the Fatah supporting population after that 'fair' election. In the wake of this 'civil' war Hamas has announced elections are postponed 'indefinitely'.

With a group of fanatics (Hamas) vowing Israel's destruction (no real mention of being a peaceful neighbor), drawing boundaries at the demanded pre-1967 (in reality the 1949 ceasefire line) line, creates a defenseless Israel.

I don't estimate the purposed joining of rule between Hamas and Fatah lasting.

To those Pollyanna hopefuls (who don't mind gambling with Israel's survival) and the growing ranks of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel haters I say a resounding NO. And I pray Israel does also. Any other answer to the Palestinian offering is suicide.

Continued negotiations between those seeking peace must continued if a fair peace with secure borders between neighbors is to be hammered out.

May we all see a peaceful resolution between Israel and the Palestinians in our lifetime

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