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Analysts: Reconciliation held up by Egypt clashes
Published Sunday 27/01/2013 (updated) 27/01/2013 22:08
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Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh meets Fatah official Nabil Shaath in
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Reconciliation between Palestinian political factions will be held up by Egypt's security situation, as the parties won't do anything without Egyptian leadership, political analysts said Sunday.

More than 30 people were killed in Egypt protests on Saturday, following a day of anti-Mursi demonstrations on Friday, when nine people were killed.

Analyst Akram Atallah told Ma'an that while Egypt deals with internal issues, Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas are unlikely to meet.

If Egypt does not bring the parties together, neither will initiate a meeting, he said.

Atallah said Hamas' invitation to the Central Elections Commission to visit Gaza this week is an attempt to put the ball in Fatah's court.

Updating the voter roll is not the same as implementing reconciliation, he pointed out.

Another analyst, Talal Okal, said the CEC invitation is a first step, but to hold national elections will require a further political decision.

While there is instability in Egypt, Palestinian factions will look for any excuse not to implement the reconciliation deal, he said.
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1 ) Joe / USA
27/01/2013 15:52
If they are waiting for Egyptian stability, they are going to be waiting for a long, long, time.

2 ) Jane / Pr
27/01/2013 21:13
They do not want reconciliation.

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
28/01/2013 03:06
Talal Okal's last statement is right on the mark. So, with Egypt coping with its own problems, why doesn't the State of Palestine try to consult with the U.N. (even though it is a non-member it is nonetheless recognized as a nation and "admitted" with observer rank) and see if the U.N. can set up some type of office to foster Palestinian "unity." The State of Palestine might get more results trying to do that than crapping around with us at the ICC.

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
28/01/2013 04:38
Talal Okal's last statement is right on the mark. So, with Egypt coping with its own problems, why doesn't the State of Palestine try to consult with the U.N. (even though it is a non-member it is nonetheless recognized as a nation and "admitted" with observer rank) and see if the U.N. can set up some type of office to foster Palestinian "unity." The State of Palestine might get more results trying to do that than crapping around with us at the ICC.

5 ) Blame Palestinians' / NO Compromise
28/01/2013 17:38
- "Reconciliation is held up by" Palestinian factions NOT wanting a Reconciliation, that involves making compromises, and
- Peace talks with Israel are also held up by Palestinian factions,
since they too would involve Palestinians making compromises !!
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