Fatah and Hamas are to meet for a unity government in five weeks time. The agreement was made in a meeting on Tuesday between Hamas and Fatah delegations, attended by Hamas leaders Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Musa Abu Marzouk.
The meeting is scheduled to continue through out Wednesday, Prime Minister Haniyeh stating that the reason for a unity government is because “the possibility for further separation between the two movements is no longer possible given the current circumstances.”
In what was described as one official as a “positive atmosphere”, the delegation began to schedule elections, the official stating “There has also been progress on the holding of future elections and the composition of the PLO.”
The Palestinian Authority threatened to dismantle on Monday, a decision that would cancel the 1993 Oslo Accords as well as leave Israel responsible for the West Bank’s two million Palestinians.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the ongoing hypocrisy of Abbas, stating on Monday that, “Yesterday the Palestinian Authority discussed dismantling, today it is mulling uniting with Hamas. Let them decide whether to dismantle or unite.”
Netanyahu criticized the Palestinian Authority an its president, Mahmoud Abbas, stating that “instead of moving into peace with Israel, they are moving into peace with Hamas.” He stated that Abbas “has to choose. Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace, so far he hasn’t done so.”
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