Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fatah-Hamas deal

Fatah-Hamas deal

Peace between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah augurs well in view of open US backing of Israel. As per the a reconciliation deal, Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war. The deal brokered by Egypt bridges a bitter gulf between the Western-backed mainstream Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, an hardliner movement designated as a terrorist group by Western countries and Israel. Palestinian unity could also bolster Abbas’s hand in any revival of talks on a Palestinian state in Israeli-occupied territory. Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation government, but the deal soon dissipated in mutual recriminations with Hamas continuing to dominate Gaza. The legitimate government, the government of consensus, will return according to its responsibilities and according to the law. The unity government would run all institutions without exception, including all border crossings with Israel and in Rafah, Gaza’s only access point with Egypt. The agreement calls for Abbas’s presidential guard to assume responsibility of the Rafah crossing on Nov.1, and for the full handover of administrative control of Gaza to the unity government to be completed by Dec. 1. The Palestinian accord was met warily in Israel. Fatah, once the cornerstone of the Palestinian national cause, lost power in 2006 when Hamas won a stunning victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections. Tensions between the two rivals caused numerous violent clashes in the Gaza Strip. In early 2007, Fatah and Hamas agreed to form a coalition to end the growing factional violence. But in June of that year, Hamas seized Gaza by force after Mahmoud Abbas ordered the dissolution of the Hamas-led government and set up a rival government, leaving Fatah and the PA running parts of the West Bank not under Israeli control. Abbas later ruled out reconciliation with Hamas unless it gave up the Gaza Strip and submitted to his authority. Bangladesh welcomes any deal among rival Palestinian factions as the entire US-backed western world is still hostile to any peace among them giving advantage to Israel.

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