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PALESTINE POLITICS: Official! Fatah, Hamas Reach Reconciliation Deal

PALESTINE POLITICS: Official! Fatah, Hamas Reach Reconciliation Deal

“EUBAM Rafah maintains readiness to redeploy to the Rafah crossing point when the security and political situations will allow,” said Mohammad Al-Saadi, press officer for the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support.

Hamas and Fatah were also discussing a potential date for presidential and legislative elections and reforms of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which is in charge of long-stalled peace efforts with Israel. The last Palestinian legislative election was in 2006 when Hamas scored a surprise victory. This sparked the political rupture between Hamas and Fatah which eventually led to their short civil war in Gaza.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Reconciliation: Rami Hamdallah Visits Gaza to Unite Fatah and Hamas

PALESTINE POLITICS: Reconciliation: Rami Hamdallah Visits Gaza to Unite Fatah and Hamas

“We still have a lot of work to complete and a number of issues to work out,” senior Palestinian official aid, referring to the issue of employees and crossings. “If we can overcome the employees and crossings issues, then we will move on to the more complicated issue of security,” the official said.

“No bartering or touching the weapons of the resistance,” Hamas deputy chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya said, stressing that he reserved for fighting Israel. “We will fight the occupation with all means of resistance until [it] is wiped away.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners in Israel Start Hunger Strike

ISRAEL POLITICS: 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners in Israel Start Hunger Strike

The open-ended hunger strike, one of the largest in recent years, coincides with Palestinian Prisoners Day, annually commemorated on April 17.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Fatah party officials that 2017 would be “the year of the independent Palestinian state.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Takes Center Stage In Fatah Congress Since 2009

PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Takes Center Stage In Fatah Congress Since 2009

President Mahmud Abbas was re-elected head of Fatah as congress opened. Speculation has mounted over who will succeed Abbas as Palestinian president.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Re-Elected Fatah Leader

PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Re-Elected Fatah Leader

Party official Salim Zanoun asked the hall to vote for Abbas, and participants all stood up and warmly cheered. A smiling Abbas then hugged Zanoun.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Leaders Descend Into New Recriminations On Yasser Arafat Death Anniversary

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Leaders Descend Into New Recriminations On Yasser Arafat Death Anniversary

President Mahmoud Abbas said he knew who was behind Arafat’s death and that an investigating panel would soon reveal its findings.

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PALESTINE: October 8 Municipal Elections Suspended

PALESTINE: October 8 Municipal Elections Suspended

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused the court of stopping the election to “rescue” Fatah, who they believe would overwhelmingly lose the election.

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PALESTINE: Abbas To Israeli Knesset Arab Members: Unite Hamas, Fatah

PALESTINE: Abbas To Israeli Knesset Arab Members: Unite Hamas, Fatah

The Gaza Strip has been ruled by Hamas since the terrorist group won Gaza’s 2006 parliamentary elections and ousted Fatah in a violent 2007 coup.

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PALESTINE: Mohammed Dahlan And The Future Of Palestinian Politics

The Americans and British liked Mohammed Dahlan style. Read more.

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