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Why hasn’t Abbas lifted sanctions on Gaza?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are outraged that sanctions against Gaza remain in place despite the reconciliation agreement signed Oct. 12 by Fatah and Hamas in Cairo. They are upset in particular about the reduced fuel supply to Gaza’s only power plant. Any euphoria over news of …

Palestinian government resumes control of Rafah crossing with Egypt

Ceremony at Rafah crossing to hand over control to the Palestinian government. (WAFA photo) RAFAH, November 1, 2017 (WAFA) – For the first time since July 2007, the Palestinian government resumed control on Wednesday of the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the south of the Gaza Strip marking a new …

Palestinian-Israeli meeting discusses important issues

  RAMALLAH, October 30, 2017 (WAFA) – A Palestinian-Israeli meeting discussed on Tuesday a number of important issues, foremost of which is the settlement campaign, lifting of the siege off the Gaza Strip and financial issues related to the financial entitlements of the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting, which was …

Will Gaza, West Bank merge security forces?

Although the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement — signed Oct. 12 in Egypt — has rekindled hope, doubts remain as to whether the outstanding issues, such as the problems linked to the security services, can be overcome. There are Palestinian fears that failing to reach solutions to these issues will halt reconciliation. Palestinian President …

EU, Israel mull possible return of observer forces to Rafah crossing

In light of the Egypt-brokered reconciliation agreement that was signed between Fatah and Hamas, the European Union (EU) has begun preparing for the return of its Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) at the Rafah crossing which connects the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Israel’s Ynet reported today. The news agency revealed …

Palestinians gauge economic impact of reconciliation

Despite numerous failures in the past, many Palestinians and officials involved in the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation seem optimistic about this attempt. They now are evaluating the potential economic effects of the national consensus agreement signed Oct. 12 that reunites Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which administers the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority (PA) met …

How will Hamas’ new deputy head influence events?

  Hamas announced the appointment of Saleh al-Arouri as deputy head of its political bureau Oct. 9. During a recent meeting of Hamas’ Shura Council, which included representatives from the West Bank, Gaza and outside Palestine, the movement wished him success and expressed its pride in his jihadi past. The date and the place of the …

Amid reconciliation efforts, Palestine sets its eyes on Gaza gas field

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Natural gas off the coast of the Gaza Strip under the Palestinian territorial waters in the eastern Mediterranean sea remains a prime focus of the Palestinian Authority (PA). While the PA has tried to exploit natural gas in a step to strengthen the Palestinian economy …

Initial agreement points of the Palestinian reconciliation meeting in Cairo

PNN/ Cairo/ The Palestinian reconciliation meeting sponsored by Cairo on Tuesday has reportedly had a positive atmosphere, according to a statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting that lasted until the a late hour. The statement said that the talks were held “out of a sense of national responsibility and …

Palestinian reconciliation? What’s driving Hamas and Fatah this time.

OCTOBER 9, 2017  JERUSALEM—The political and ideological tensions between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah exploded into civil war a decade ago. There were clashes, shootouts, and execution-style killings in the streets. Rivals were even thrown off high-rise rooftops. The internecine fighting that claimed some 600 lives by the spring of 2007 …