Fatah-Hamas agreement

01, Sep 2014 / PALESTINE / 281 Words

Keesing’s Record of World Events (Formerly Keesing’s Contemporary Archives 1931-2014)
Volume 60 (2014), Issue No. 9 (September), Page 53597

Following Israel’s July-August offensive against the Palestinian territory of Gaza [see pp. 53532-33], it was reported on Sept. 25 that the leaders of the two main Palestinian factions— Fatah and Hamas—had reached an agreement on the formation of a unity government, negotiations having begun in Cairo (the capital of Egypt) on Sept. 24.

The agreement would turn over the civil administration of Hamas-controlled Gaza to a Palestinian unity government led by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader and president of the Palestine National Authority (PNA) in the West Bank. It would allow the PNA to take control of border crossings in Gaza and also to begin the reconstruction of the area, which according to a PNA study would cost an estimated US$7.8 billion. The two factions had previously agreed to form a unity government in April [see pp. 53321; 53386]. However, plans to implement the agreement stalled following disputes over the payment of government workers, security forces in Gaza, and control of its crossing points.

In a speech delivered to the UN General Assembly in New York, USA, on Sept. 26, President Abbas called on the UN Security Council to support a resolution which would set a clear deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian territory. Abbas accused Israel of “war crimes carried out before the eyes of the world” during its recent offensive in Gaza `and expressed frustration with the stalled US-led peace process launched in July 2013 [see pp. 53206-07; 53150; 53093; 53044-45; 52925-26; 52865-66; 52816], saying that it had “failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental question”. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Abbas’ speech as “diplomatic terrorism”.

Last article pp. 53532-33.