Israel Says Palestinian Deal Evades Main Issues

EU offers support to reunite Gaza Strip and West Bank

EU offers support to reunite Gaza Strip and West Bank

Reconciliation could also pose a dilemma for global efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal since Hamas has not recognized Israel, unlike the Abbas-led Palestine Liberation Organization.

"The Palestinians today made a decision to form a terror government", he said in a statement.

Sanctions taken by Abbas against Gaza will also soon be lifted, the Fatah official said. Hamas has said it hopes that by giving back power to the Palestinian Authority, life in Gaza can improve.

Netanyahu also said Thursday that reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas will make "peace much harder to achieve", hours after the Palestinian faction Fatah and the rival terror group Hamas signed a unity deal in Cairo in a bid to end a decade-long rift.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is waiting for developments following the signed reconciliation deal between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, not everyone in the Israeli government is satisfied with this answer including Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

Although Mr Blair did not elaborate on the nature of the British Government's "informal" contact with Hamas, he appeared to be referring to talks between MI6 and Hamas representatives to secure the release of a British journalist kidnapped in Gaza in 2007. Much of the global community has supported the rapprochement, believing that Palestinian unity will serve both to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enhance the prospects of jump-starting peace negotiations with Israel.

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The figure is a fraction of the number of police officers employed by Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.

"Continuing to dig tunnels, manufacture missiles and initiate terrorist attacks against Israel are incompatible with the Quartet conditions and the efforts of the United States to renew the diplomatic process". Last week, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited Gaza for the first time since 2015 and his ministers took formal control of government departments in the territory.

It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

"Israel opposes any reconciliation that does not include these components".

Hamas has repeatedly refused to disarm and dismantle the 25,000-strong fighting force it controls in the Gaza Strip.

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