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Hamas Agreed Not to Carry out Terror, Rocket Attacks Against Israel

Hamas Agreed Not to Carry out Terror, Rocket Attacks Against Israel”

Sources from Hamas told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday that Thursday's reconciliation deal signed between rival Palestinian factions includes an agreement that the militant group will not attempt to start a conflict with Israel in the West Bank.

The West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip have remained politically divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of the strip from Fatah following several days of bloody street fighting.

Hamas and Fatah agreed last Thursday in Cairo on measures that would empower the Palestinian government's work in the coastal enclave and take full responsibility of all affairs there by December 2017.

The United Kingdom and other nations were wrong to boycott Hamas after it won the Palestinian election in 2006, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview for a new book on Gaza.

Israeli channel 10 reported last week that Israeli officials fear that Arouri's powerful position in Hamas could lead to an upsurge in terror if Fatah-Hamas reconciliation goes ahead, since Fatah could give Hamas greater flexibility and freedom in the West Bank.

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All previous Fatah-Hamas attempts to reconcile have quickly broken down.

The talks in Cairo were apparently focused on enabling the Palestinian Authority to resume its operations in Gaza. Much of the global community has supported the rapprochement, believing that Palestinian unity will serve both to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enhance the prospects of jump-starting peace negotiations with Israel. The contentious issue of paying Hamas employees aims to be resolved by February 1, with the PA expected to continue issuing the workers' salaries; whereas, the even stickier matter of the fate of Hamas' armed wing seems not to have been concretely addressed, although a clause in the agreement calls for PA officials in Gaza to begin devising ways to rebuild their security forces there.

Hamas has repeatedly refused to disarm and dismantle the 25,000-strong fighting force it controls in the Gaza Strip. Hamas and Israel fought three wars over the past decade.

"One authority, one law and one weapon", he said prior to negotiations. Among the sanctions was the Palestinian's decision to not pay Israel for electricity provided to Gaza, leading to a serious cut in the number of hours a day that electricity is available.

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