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Abbas phones Mashaal to discuss reconciliation
Published Thursday 13/12/2012 (updated) 14/12/2012 17:05
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas phoned Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal on Wednesday to discuss ending the division according to prior agreements, a Fatah official said.

Azzam al-Ahmad said Abbas phoned Mashaal to accelerate implementing national reconciliation. Abbas talked with him about his first visit to Gaza, and about Hamas' anniversary celebrations.

Al-Ahmad said he met Mashaal on Wednesday and a member in Fatah's central committee as part of new efforts to see if a reconciliation deal could finally be implemented.

The Fatah official said he was pleased that Mashaal was able to enter the Gaza Strip after decades away from Palestine, and also happy for Mashaal's participation in Hamas' anniversary events. He said the celebrations aimed to end the division in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Al-Ahmad said it was too soon to say when a meeting in Cairo with all the factions would take place, as Hamas officials were still in Gaza for the anniversary and Egypt is holding a constitutional referendum.
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1 ) Koby / Aust
13/12/2012 14:02
Do yourselves a favour become one people.

2 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
13/12/2012 18:51
Hamas Fatah all other factions Gaza W. Bank = Quantity A (hope for Palestinian unity). Quantity A = Zero (by itself). King Hussein Jordan/Palestine = Quantity B (additional hope for Palestinian unity) Quantity A Quantity B = Quantity C [hope for Palestinian unity (when combined and its ONLY hope)]

3 ) ian / australia
14/12/2012 01:20
#2 That's all true Yehuda but they KNOW there's a problem and that it HAS to be fixed and King Hussein and the Emir of Qatar are telling them to fix it. Palestinian politics is volatile and shambolic, but they're intelligent, sincere leaders, in DIRE circumstances, and will reconcile somehow, someday. Did you find Khaled Meshaal's emotional return to Palestinian soil kind of moving? The big lug sobbing as he kissed the ground? I know you're on the other side, but just on a human level, in that

4 ) ian / australia
14/12/2012 01:24
(contd.) we are ALL brothers (and sisters). ALL All-h's children. His emotion was so genuine. He HAD returned to his REAL home. After 45 years! Not an ideological home, as in the case of, say, Russian Jews "returning" to a place they probably never lived, and even if they did, was so long ago it's ridiculous trying to find significance in it.. (I know you did Yehuda, coz you're a compassionate guy. I can just tell. Peace.)

5 ) ABE / USA
14/12/2012 19:04
I am willing to bet anyone that reconciliation will not happen in the next year! Power corrupts! By the way he was only able to go back because ISRAEL left the Gaza in 2005!! Even more the ISRAELI's had to give their o k for him to go back this time too!! But Hamas won the war! Yay!!

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
17/12/2012 18:59
Since Hamas refuses little things , like a Fatah rally in Gaza City square,
obviously there will be NO big things like a real Reconciliation.

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