Bennet to demand 'complete disconnection' from PA following reconciliation deal

Bennet to demand 'complete disconnection' from PA following reconciliation deal

Asked why Hamas had made a decision to dissolve the administrative committee of Gaza, which opened the door for a broader dialogue, he said: "Israel used the internal Palestinian division to destroy and end our national Palestinian cause".

If this deal succeeds, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza will be reunited under one leadership for the first time since the Islamist militant group Hamas wrested control of the territory 10 years ago.

Abbas welcomed the deal in comments to AFP and said he considered it a "final agreement to end the division"-though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed".

Palestinians celebrate after Hamas said it reached a deal with Palestinian rival Fatah, in Gaza City, on October 12, 2017.

It was a sobering reality check for a group that, despite years of fiery defiance and arms supplies from Iran, can not rule Gaza without help from Fatah, the rival faction that controls the Palestinian Authority and was driven out of Gaza in violent clashes 10 years ago.

Another party to the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the agreement would see the Palestinian Authority forces take control of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

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Hamas and Fatah's high-level delegations kicked off reconciliation talks in the Egypt capital, Cairo on Tuesday in a bid to restore the territorial unity of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

"Continuing to dig tunnels, manufacture missiles and initiate terrorist attacks against Israel are incompatible with the Quartet conditions and the efforts of the United States to renew the diplomatic process".

Hamas has said they are not up for discussion, but has assured the Fatah negotiators that the military wing would maintain a low profile as part of any deal.

The official who signed Thursday's deal for Hamas was deputy political chief Saleh al-Arouri, who in recent years has served as the terror group's head of West Bank operations.

Lifting of economic sanctions against Hamas by the PA also is contingent on changes on the ground, Haaretz reported citing an unnamed senior Palestinian source. Hamas and Israel fought three wars over the past decade.

Hamas's capture of Gaza in 2007 ended an earlier - if short-lived - unity government established after Hamas swept the 2006 Palestinian legislative polls.

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