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.


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."


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.


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".


Hamas claim will hold fire after Fatah truce

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

A Hamas official has claimed Hamas will honour an unofficial truce with Israel following the terrorist organisation's reconciliation with Fatah.

According to an Associated Press report, a Hamas security official said members would hold fire until after a new Palestinian Authority government was formed.


Hamas-Fatah alliance wipes away assumptions about Palestinian state

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

It may not have been as dramatic as the sudden toppling of an 80-year-old dictator, but the announcement on Wednesday evening of the signing of an agreement between the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority and Hamas was a direct development of the winds of change blowing through the Arab world.


Concern over Fatah's deal with terrorists Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, April 28, 2011

Israel and the United Sates have reacted with caution to the announcement of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

The longtime rivals revealed last night that they had reached a deal to form an interim government for the Palestinian Authority and to set a date for an election.


Hamas, Fatah agree reconciliation deal in Egypt

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Longtime Palestinian rivals Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas are understood to have reached a deal to form an interim government following reconciliation meetings in Cairo.

Egyptian officials told state television that the agreement would include setting a date for a general election.


Facing Fatah - the day I became one of the 'hard men' of the Middle East

By Martin Bright, April 21, 2011

I have just spent two days inside the skin of Jibril Rajoub, the Fatah hard man and former West Bank security chief. This was not a comfortable experience.


Israeli army braces for Arab Spring

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

A renewed push towards unity between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, is causing concern in the Israeli military.