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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: Palestinian Cabinet Convenes in Gaza to Reconcile With Hamas

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Cabinet Convenes in Gaza to Reconcile With Hamas

“Today, we stand before an important, historical moment as we begin to get over our wounds, put our differences aside and place the higher national interest above all else,” Rami al-Hamdallah Prime Minister of Palestine said.

“We understand that returning official institutions to their legitimate and legal framework and ending all the impacts of division will require exhausting efforts and a lot of patience, of time and of wisdom,” he said.

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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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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

“All parties must seize this opportunity to restore unity and open a new page for the Palestinian people,” U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement, adding that the U.N. was ready to assist the talks in order to alleviate hardship in Gaza.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

Chief of Palestinian group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh was elected Hamas leader in May. The group maintains a sizeable armed wing in Gaza since seizing the enclave from Fatah in 2007.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 50% of Gaza Patients Exit Permits Delayed By Israel: WHO

ISRAEL POLITICS: 50% of Gaza Patients Exit Permits Delayed By Israel: WHO

“There must be a drastic change in Israeli policy toward the exit of patients and toward Gaza in general. The fact that patients sometimes don’t get answers for months is cruel and the weakest population pays the price,” Ran Goldstein, the director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

“Across the board we’re watching de-development in slow motion,” Robert Piper, U.N. coordinator for humanitarian aid and development for Gaza Strip, West Bank.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Envoy Warns of Dire Crisis as Gaza Faces Power Cuts, Gallons of Raw Sewage Pouring into the Sea

PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Envoy Warns of Dire Crisis as Gaza Faces Power Cuts, Gallons of Raw Sewage Pouring into the Sea

“In Gaza, we are walking into another crisis with our eyes wide open,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Security Council in New York.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hold Local Elections in West Bank But Not Gaza

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hold Local Elections in West Bank But Not Gaza

“No doubt this is the democratic life we have promised our people,” said Fatah Deputy Chief Mahmoud al-Aloul. “Unfortunately this joy is taking place in the West Bank alone because Hamas is preventing the people from practising this right in Gaza.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Ismail Haniyeh Biography

PALESTINE POLITICS: Ismail Haniyeh Biography

Ismail Haniyeh was born 29 January 1963. He rose within Hamas as associate of its spiritual leader, the late Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. Ismail Haniyeh Biography.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Ismail Haniyeh Elected New Hamas Political Chief

PALESTINE POLITICS: Ismail Haniyeh Elected New Hamas Political Chief

Palestinian movement Hamas elected Ismail Haniyeh to lead its political office on Saturday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters in Gaza.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Removes Call for Israel’s Destruction in New Policy Document

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Removes Call for Israel’s Destruction in New Policy Document

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2007 and has carried out hundreds of armed attacks in Israel and in Israeli-occupied territories since it was founded three decades ago.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters: “Settlements need to be stopped, not only because they are illegal, but they are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Against All Odds, Gaza Coach Introduces Baseball to Palestinian Enclave

PALESTINE POLITICS: Against All Odds, Gaza Coach Introduces Baseball to Palestinian Enclave

Palestine, Gaza: “We have received no financial support from anyone. I buy the balls and I make the bats,” coach, Mahmoud Tafesh said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Watchdog Scolds Netanyahu Over Handling of 2014 Gaza War

ISRAEL POLITICS: Watchdog Scolds Netanyahu Over Handling of 2014 Gaza War

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized on Tuesday by Israel’s main government watchdog over what it said was a lack of preparation and cabinet consultation over a network of Hamas tunnels that confounded the military in the 2014 Gaza war.

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UK POLITICS: BBC Impartiality Questioned Over Map of Israel Which Erased Gaza

UK POLITICS: BBC Impartiality Questioned Over Map of Israel Which Erased Gaza

BBC has come under fire for using a map that depicted Jerusalem as a part of Israel, the West Bank annexed to Jordan, and the Gaza Strip erased altogether.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Proposes 500 New Settlement Homes Near Jerusalem

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Proposes 500 New Settlement Homes Near Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s municipality has proposed building 500 more housing units in an area of the city annexed by Israel after the 1967 Middle East war.

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PALESTINE: Next Gaza War Will Be The ‘Last’ – Avigdor Lieberman

PALESTINE: Next Gaza War Will Be The ‘Last’ – Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman said next war would be “their last. I would emphasize again: It will be their last confrontation because we will completely destroy them.”

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PALESTINE: Abbas Takes Center Stage In Local Palestinian elections

PALESTINE: Abbas Takes Center Stage In Local Palestinian elections

Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs the Israeli-occupied West Bank, announced that it  would postpone the municipal elections for up to four months.

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ISRAEL: Trump To Netanyahu: Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital

ISRAEL: Trump To Netanyahu: Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital

During the meeting, Trump told Netanyahu under his administration, United States would “recognize Jerusalem as undivided capital of the State of Israel.”

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