Text of Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal Leaked

Katrina Barker
October 16, 2017

According to Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat, which cited Palestinian sources, Hamas and Fatah have said they will not act unilaterally on either peace deals or armed conflict.

It was signed in Cairo by Salah al-Aruri, new Hamas deputy leader and Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah delegation for the talks, AFP reported. The deal would see both Hamas and Fatah form a Palestinian government to appoint the prime minister and ministerial positions.

The deal comes a month after Hamas dissolved the committee which runs the Gaza Strip and said it was willing to work towards reconciliation with its West Bank rivals.

The agreement was forged between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party-which governs the West Bank-and Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since expelling Abbas' forces from the Strip during a 2007 civil war.

The talks in Cairo were apparently focused on enabling the Palestinian Authority to resume its operations in Gaza. But instead, the global community should have tried to "pull Hamas into a dialogue", Blair said in an interview for Donald Macintyre's "Gaza: Preparing for Dawn", which is set to be released in November.

President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmud Abbas welcomed the deal and said he considered it a "final agreement to end the division" - though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have failed.

The deal also includes handing over of Rafah crossing in the Gaza Strip to the unity government by November 1.

"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".

Britain's former prime minister Tony Blaire said that he and other world leaders were wrong to yield to Israeli pressure to impose an immediate boycott of Hamas after the militant group won Palestinian elections in 2006, reports the Guardian. Hamas and Israel fought three wars over the past decade. Among the sanctions was the Palestinian's decision to not pay Israel for electricity provided to Gaza, leading to a serious cut in the number of hours a day that electricity is available. One of the key sticking points will be the fate of Hamas's 25,000-strong military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

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