Israel Won't Accept Palestinian Reconciliation without Strict Conditions

Published October 13th, 2017 - 05:31 GMT
Both sides struck a deal in the Egyptian capital this week
Both sides struck a deal in the Egyptian capital this week
  • The Israeli government has listed the conditions under which it will accept the Palestinian reconciliation agreement
  • The terms include an end to rocket building and tunnels in Gaza
  • The news comes after Hamas and Fattah signed a historic deal on Thursday, ending 10 years of fighting
  • The deal will see Palestinian police stationed in Gaza and electricity shortages eased.

    The Israeli government has announced a list of conditions necessary for it to accept the historic reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah.

The news comes after both sides struck a deal in the Egyptian capital this week.

Many in Palestine hope that the unity deal will spark a new feature for the Palestinian people.

However, Israel officials have said that they will not accept the deal unless strict conditions are met.

“Any reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas must meet the Quartet’s conditions: accepting international agreements, recognizing Israel and disarming Hamas,” officials in the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

The official added that Israel will not accept any reconciliation if rocket and tunnel building takes place in Gaza.

“Continued tunnel activity, rocket building and the exporting of terrorism against Israel is in contradiction of the Quartet’s conditions and US efforts to restart the diplomatic process,” they added.

Meanwhile, the Zionist state is also demanding the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers - Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, alongside two Israeli civilians, Abera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayyed, both of whom are allegedly held by Hamas.

“Israel will examine developments in the field and act accordingly,” a government official concluded.

Palestinian leaders hailed the agreement which was reached with the help of the Egyptian government in Cairo earlier this week.

"I welcome the agreement reached between the Fatah and Hamas movements in Cairo," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told AFP.

"I received a detailed report from the Fatah delegation about what was agreed and I considered it the final agreement to end the division," he added.

The deal was signed by Saleh Arouri, the head of the Hamas delegation, and Fatah leader Azzam Ahmad in Cairo on Thursday afternoon.

The agreement will see 3,000 Palestinian Authority police posted in Gaza, and PA security forces will also control the Rafah border crossing.

"The Rafah terminal will be improved and refurbished, and the presidential guards of the PA will be stationed along the Gaza borders by 1 November," Ahmad said at a press conference on Thursday.

The deal will also end the reduction in electricity payments for Gaza, which left residents in darkness for many hours each day.

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