Hamas, Fatah Sign Expected Unity Pact

'The agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas is a hard blow to the peace process'

Published: May 4th 2011
in News » Israel

Fatah leader Mahmous Abbas with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal

Palestinian rival factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a unity agreement, ending four-years of what has been an acrimonious relationship.


"Our battle is with the Israeli enemy and not with Palestinian factions," the head of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said in an address.


The new pact creates an interim Fatah-Hamas government to run the West Bank, which is now controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.


In an interview with Israel Radio shortly before the signing, Nabil Shaath, a senior Mahmoud Abbas aide, said it was unfair for international leaders, including the Mideast Quartet, to demand that Hamas recognize Israel.


The day before the pact was signed, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called on Abbas to halt the agreement.


"I call on Abu Mazen to annul the agreement with Hamas immediately and choose the path of peace with Israel," Netanyahu told Tony Blair during their meeting to discuss the stalled peace process and the death of elimination of Osama bin Laden.


"The agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas is a hard blow to the peace process," said Netanyahu. "How is it possible to achieve peace with a government, half of which calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and even praises the arch-murderer Osama bin Laden?"

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