Netanyahu: Israel Won't Accept Palestinian Unity Deal

Jerome Frank
October 5, 2017

But Hamas leader Haniyeh cast doubt on whether his group would give up military control in Gaza and dissolve its armed wing. Why did Liberman order Defense Ministry officials to arrange for the efficient entry of the Palestinian delegation into Gaza?

Greeted by a visibly excited crowd upon his arrival at the northern Erez crossing with Israel, Hamdallah described the current situation in Gaza as "intolerable", referring to an acute power crisis that has compounded a decade-long Israeli/Egyptian blockade.

Since 2006 after the massive victory of Hamas in Gaza elections, Hamas and Fatah have been at odds.

A PA spokesman said Abbas would not lift sanctions on Gaza at this stage but rather await the outcome of talks planned between Fatah and Hamas in the next two weeks.

Hamas has rejected the Palestinian Authority's demand for disarmament and has vowed to hold onto its weapons to fight Israel.

Haniyeh repeated previous statements from the group, stressing that Hamas is not a branch of any organization active outside of Palestine - a comment in reference to a recent change to the movement's charter declaring that Hamas is a national Palestinian movement, in contrast to the previous charter that established Hamas as part of the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Speaking at a conference of the ruling Likud Party, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out accepting the Palestinian unity government, should one ultimately come into place as a result of ongoing negotiations among Palestinian factions. "We expect everyone who talks about a peace process to recognize the State of Israel". Haniyeh told an Egyptian TV channel that Hamas has "the right to possess weapons and resist the occupation with all forms of resistance". "We will pay any price so that Palestinian reconciliation will succeed".

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Both factions are expected in Cairo next week for a major conference to cement the reconciliation.

Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 in fighting with Fatah forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and has ruled the besieged strip of 2 million people since then.

Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has an estimated 27,000 men under arms. On the other hand, President Abbas is firm about ensuring consolidation of authority over both civilian and security apparatus.

Bennett said that three conditions would be set as conditions for continuing to transfer funds to the PA, including the return of two bodies of Israeli soldiers killed in the 2014 war on Gaza.

In an analysis published Tuesday in The Times of Israel, Issacharoff observed that "there will be no true reconciliation or unity if Hamas insists on maintaining possession of its weaponry". We have realized the real national unification.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that he will make all possible efforts to end the Palestinian internal division, the Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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