Hamas

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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Palestinians poised to seal the Fatah-Hamas unity deal

November 17, 2011

The Palestinian unity deal may finally be signed next Wednesday when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashal are expected to meet in Cairo.

Hamas and Fatah officials confirmed this week that an agreement had been reached on holding elections for the Palestinian National Council in both the West Bank and Gaza next May.

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Proof that Israel and Hamas can talk

By Yossi Mekelberg, October 19, 2011

The surprising agreement reached last week between the Israeli government and Hamas raises questions and concerns among Israelis and Palestinians alike.

It begs the question as to why negotiations were so protracted and did not reach a successful conclusion earlier. Was the price paid too high?

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Netanyahu: Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit days away from freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has confirmed that a deal is underway to bring home the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

According to Mr Netanyahu's official Twitter feed, the 25-year-old will be coming home within days.

"We have concluded arduous negotiations with Hamas to release Gilad Shalit. He will be coming home in the next few days," said a message posted on Twitter.

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Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to be freed

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

Gilad Shalit could be freed as early as next month after more than five years in captivity if a reported prisoner swap goes ahead.

According to the Al-Arabiya television network Israel and Hamas have agreed on a deal, to take place in November.

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Syrian chaos forces Hamas to relocate

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Hamas leadership is seeking to relocate its headquarters from Damascus, in the wake of continuing unrest and pro-democracy protests in Syria, now in their eighth month.

Hamas has three main leadership centres: its political and military wings in the Gaza Strip and the political bureau in Damascus, which functions mainly as the Hamas foreign wing and co-ordinates the shipment of arms and tra

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Al Jazeera journalist convicted of Hamas conspiracy

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2011

A senior Al Jazeera journalist has been convicted of conspiring against Israel with the terrorist group Hamas.

Samir Allawi, the news network's Kabul bureau chief, was arrested last month as he left the West Bank for Jordan.

He admitted being recruited by Hamas in Pakistan 18 years ago and said he had helped direct Hamas activities.

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Hamas group that 'blew up Brit' is caught

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2011

The Hamas terror cell that allegedly murdered British tourist Mary-Jane Gardner in a bomb attack on the Jerusalem central bus station in March has been captured.

Members of the cell,which was operating on orders from Hamas's headquarters in Damascus, were arrested in Jerusalem and the West Bank last month while planning another bomb attack in the city, according to Israel's internal security ag

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