Hamas and Fatah head to Cairo for attempt at unity

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met the head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, in Cairo on Wednesday in yet another attempt to push through a Fatah-Hamas unity agreement.

The first unity deal between the rival Palestinian factions was signed nearly two years ago but so far no concrete steps have been taken towards genuine joint-leadership.


Hamas and Fatah leaders due to meet in Egypt

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Palestinian Authority President and leader of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal will meet in Egypt for reconciliation talks on Wednesday, according to reports in the Egyptian press.


Israel could resume talks with Hamas, says Peres

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel could negotiate with Hamas if the terrorist group renounced violence and recognised Israel.

During an address at a Christian conference today, President Peres said: "People ask about Hamas, why aren't we talking with Hamas?

“There is nothing wrong with that as long as we get an answer from them.


Hamas block on Israeli media

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

Hamas has issued a ban to prevent officials and Palestinian journalists from co-operating with Israeli media, according to various reports.

Hamas leaders based in Gaza will no longer be available for interviews with Israeli journalists following an order that was issued this week.


Israeli-Arab teenager charged over Tel Aviv bus bomb

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

An Israeli-Arab teenager has been charged with planting the Tel Aviv bus bomb that wounded 15 people on November 21, during the recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

Eighteen-year-old Mohammed Mafarja, a Bir Zeit University student from Taibe, allegedly informed associates when the bomb was in place, before they detonated the device using a mobile phone.


88% of Palestinians support violent struggle, a new poll reveals

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

The majority of Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank believe that armed struggle is the best method of achieving Palestinian independence, according to a new poll by the Arab World Research and Development centre in Ramallah.


Hamas holds rallies in West Bank

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Terrorist organisation Hamas has held its first rally in the West Bank in five years.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Nablus in the north of the territory on Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas.


Fatah joins Hamas for relaunch of the ultimate mission: destroy Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, announced on Saturday in Gaza that the terrorist movement would continue its armed struggle against Israel, adding that Hamas was seeking to co-ordinate its actions with Fatah and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.


Abbas criticises Hamas leader for not recognising Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmous Abbas has criticised Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for saying that the terrorist organisation would never recognise the state of Israel, a Turkish newspaper has reported.


Mashaal visit to Gaza welcomed by Hamas and Fatah

By Orlando Radice, December 7, 2012

Hamas political chief, Khaled Mashaal, will visit the Gaza Strip for the first time today.

The exiled leader will join visiting Fatah chiefs to celebrate Hamas’s 25th anniversary and what is seen in Gaza as a victory for the Islamist movement in its recent conflict with Israel.