Hamas

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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UK-Israel rift over Hamas unity deal

May 5, 2011

A serious rift between the British and Israeli governments opened up this week during the visit of Binyamin Netanyahu to London, over the welcome given by David Cameron to the unity deal between Fatah and Hamas.

Israel is understood to be furious that William Hague and Mr Cameron had both made positive public statements about the new pact.

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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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Abbas aide: 'Unworkable' for Hamas to recognise Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A Palestinian official close to President Mahmoud Abbas has called the demand that Hamas recognises Israel's right to exist "unfair".

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Israel: Abbas should 'choose peace' not Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call off the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and terrorist organisation Hamas.

The deal is to be celebrated at a Cairo ceremony tomorrow, paving away for a unity government and elections.

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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.

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Palestinians divided on Bin Laden death

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

The Palestinian Authority has hailed the killing of Osama bin Laden as a step towards overcoming the violent tactics of al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

However, the comments by PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib came as jihadist groups vowed revenge for the death of their leader.

Mr Khatib said: "Getting rid of bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide.

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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.

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Activist death reveals Hamas's struggle in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Hamas forces killed two of the alleged murderers of Italian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Vittorio Arrigoni in a shoot-out in Gaza last week.

Arrigoni, who spent nearly three years in Gaza, was kidnapped and murdered by a Salafist group, opposed to Hamas, in retaliation for the imprisonment of the movement's leader.

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