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Hamas claim Abbas doesn't want unity deal

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

The prospect of a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah have been further undermined after a high-level Hamas official accused President Mahmoud Abbas of being disinterested in striking one.

Mahmoud Zahar, a leading spokesman for Hamas, said the Palestinian leader was "not interested in achieving" a deal.

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Abbas: Hamas-Fatah talks opened 'new page'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

The Palestinian president has said that a "new page" has been opened in communication between Fatah and its rival Hamas, following a meeting in Cairo earlier today.

President Mahmoud Abbas said that the two hour talk was positive and that agreements had been reached over their differences. He said that both Hamas and Fatah had agreed to hold presidential parliamentary elections in May

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Abbas meeting Hamas chief in Cairo

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

The Palestinian president is to meet the Hamas leader today in Cairo to discuss the future of co-operation between the two rival groups.

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Israel withholds £63m in Palestinian Authority tax

By Jessica Elgot, November 21, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to withhold more than £63 million in Palestinian Authority tax money because of the latest attempts to establish a unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

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All bets are off in Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2011

The Obama Administration is trying to restart the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians as soon as possible, before an attempt to gain UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state and to ward off alternative European peace plans.

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Palestinian local vote pushed back

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

The Palestinian municipal elections will not take place for another six months after President Mahmoud Abbas delayed them to ensure participation from Hamas.

In February Mr Abbas announced that the local vote, the first in six years, would be held on July 9.

At the time a Fatah spokesman said the elections would take place even if Hamas blocked them in the Gaza Strip.

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Yes, Hamas is already taking over

By Miriam Shaviv, May 5, 2011

Should the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement be welcomed or opposed? This depends on which of the two parties ends up dominating the other.

For the moment, the factions may have agreed to co-operate for domestic reasons and to help smooth the way towards the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state in September.

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Is the Fatah-Hamas deal a disaster?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

"From my perspective, the Hamas-Fatah deal is fiction," said the IDF officer, looking out from a hilltop over the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning. "None of the Palestinian local representatives or security officers I have spoken to over the past week have said that it changes anything for them."

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Hamas and Fatah ink reconciliation deal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Hamas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the deal, which paved the way for elections and a power sharing arrangement, would end "four black years" of infighting.

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Fatah armed wing: Bin Laden killing 'treacherous'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

The military wing of Fatah has denounced the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as treacherous, a catastrophe and the work of heretics.

In a statement obtained by research institute Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades said that if bin Laden had died it was as a martyr on "the path of victory".

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