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# fatah - Thursday 12 October, 2017

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah end decade-long split

Details of the agreement have not yet been released.

# fatah - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

"I don't want to live through a fourth war." - Gaza erupts in peace celebrations

A long-term truce was signed today that will see an easing of the blockade on the enclave.

# fatah - Sunday 23 June, 2013

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah resigns...again

The President has 35 days to find a replacement.

# fatah - Friday 4 January, 2013

PHOTOS: Hamas allows huge Fatah rally in Gaza - the first since 2007

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Fatah attended the mass rally – the first since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

# fatah - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Israel confirms killing Arafat deputy in 1988

Lifts 25 year veil of secrecy on assassination in Tunisia.

# fatah - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Column: Is a Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood really a road to peace?

The Israeli Ambassador to Ireland writes that a bid to have an independent Palestinian state recognised by the UN, to live side by side with Israel, cannot be achieved in the present climate of violence.

# fatah - Sunday 12 June, 2011

Trouble ahead? Hamas rejects Fatah's nominee for Palestinian prime minister, complicating unity deal

Efforts to reconcile the two previously warring factions from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been hit once more by this latest setback.

# fatah - Tuesday 17 May, 2011

Palestinians postpone local elections until October

President Mahmoud Abbas says elections won’t be held in July to allow reconciliation between the Fatah movement and the Hamas group, who are working on forming a unity government.

# fatah - Thursday 5 May, 2011

France demands: Peace talks soon or a Palestinian state

France has dealt a blow to Israel’s hopes to isolate incoming Palestinian unity government by threatening to support a unilateral declaration of Palestinian independence if peace talks do not begin by September.

# fatah - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Fatah and Hamas proclaim landmark reconciliation pact

The pact aims to end the bitter four-year rift between the rival Palestinian factions – however, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the agreement is a “tremendous blow for peace”.

# fatah - Tuesday 3 May, 2011

Palestinian factions agree to reconciliation deal

Fifteen Palestinian factions have agreed to a reconciliation deal, which aims to end a four-year rift between the two major Palestinian political movements, Hamas and Fatah. Israel has called the deal a “hard blow to the peace process.”

# fatah - Thursday 28 April, 2011

Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

Israeli leaders have today rejected a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah – insisting they will not enter any negotiations with a Palestinian government that includes the Islamic militant group.

Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah reach unity agreement

The agreement comes four years after Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip in a violent takeover. Israel and the US appeared to reject the deal given Hamas’ stated goal of destroying the Jewish state.

# fatah - Thursday 31 March, 2011

Israel considering plans to build island off the coast of Gaza Strip

The island would cost billions and take years to construct but would protect Israeli security, according to the country’s government.

# fatah - Friday 20 August, 2010

DIRECT TALKS between Israel and Palestine are marked to resume next month, on 2 September.

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have agreed to place a one-year deadline on the talks.

Who will be present?

Barack Obama will reportedly be present at the talks, which are reportedly going to be held in Washington.

Envoy to the Middle East, and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair is also invited to attend.

The Egyptian and Jordanian premiers have been invited to attend the talks.

Hopes for the talks

The Arab League has agreed to endorse the talks provided that particular “measures and conditions” are met. Netanyahu has said that he is happy to attend talks without preconditions.

According to the Guardian, issues that will be discussed during the talks will include:

  • The possible borders of a Palestinian state
  • The division of Jerusalem
  • Israeli demands for a demilitarised Palestine
  • The right of return for refugees

However, there are doubts about how much the talks will achieve.

Daniel Levy, a former Israeli negotiator, told Al Jazeera:

I don’t think there’s any common Israeli and Palestinian ground as yet. There will be deep scepticism pretty much everywhere … I think we’re going to hear something rather vague, something open to more than one interpretation.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said that “nothing has been achieved” to warrant direct talks with Israel, and that Palestinians should focus on repairing the relationship between national movements Hamas and Fatah.


Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank could prove to be a sticking point for Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister imposed a 10 month construction freeze in in West Bank last month, however these did not include East Jerusalem.

The Israeli liberal group Peace Now have reported that building on at least 600 housing units have started during the freeze, and at least 492 theses are in direct violation of the law of the freeze.

Netanyahu may find himself under pressure to extend the construction freeze past the 26 September deadline by Obama. However, by doing so he would risk the collapse of his coalition government.

Indirect talk had been considered last March, but Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pulled out over the issue of settlements.

The last direct talks between Israel and Palestine ended a year and a half ago, after Israel launched a three week strike on the Gaza Strip.

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