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Abbas: no contradiction between reconciliation and negotiations
Published Wednesday 23/04/2014 (updated) 26/04/2014 11:55
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that the recently announced national reconciliation agreement between the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas would contribute to negotiations with Israel and achieving a two-state solution.

Abbas said that there is no contradiction between reconciliation and negotiation "because we are committed to achieving a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution and international resolutions."

"Unity of the land and people will empower and contribute to the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital," he added.

Abbas said that that overcoming the division between the rival Palestinian political parties will help the Palestinian negotiators reach the two-state solution, and he stressed that the move had both Arab and international support.

Abbas' statement come hours after the two largest Palestinian political groupings -- the Fatah-led Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas -- announced a national reconciliation deal that could potentially end seven years of political division.
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1 ) Dimi / GermanyUnfortunately
24/04/2014 11:15
Unfortunately not Abbas but his rival in Gaza strip has the last word on this point. As long as Hamas swears to destroy Israel reconciliation/peace will remain as "fire and water".

2 ) Rami / Palestine
24/04/2014 11:26
#1Hamas never "swore to destroy Israel" and you'd be hard pressed to find any evidence to the contrary.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
24/04/2014 19:15
Rami: “Palestine, from the river to the sea, from north to south, is our land,” Meshal said, “Not an inch of it can be conceded.” http://goo.gl/8WFb8l There is lots of other solid evidence where Hamas leaders say they will attack Tel Aviv (civilian targets) with long range rockets, and their goal is to totally remove the zionists. Just because they don't use the exact words "i swear to destroy Israel" doesn't mean they don't say it 1000 other ways all the time.

4 ) Outlier / USA
24/04/2014 19:55
(first comment spiked) Anyone who reads the Hamas Charter will think otherwise.

5 ) JoeFattal / USA
24/04/2014 20:27
Look how fast Israel will turn to Hamas as a terrorist organization and disagree about any unity between both. Even the US label Hamas as a terrorist organization, except Jimmy Carter and the UN. Its like is going to do any good. But in the long run a unity is better than nothing. It will show that Israel is not in favor of any peace regardless if the Palestinians are united or not.

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
24/04/2014 22:45
The Palestinians and Hamas have only one choice: Hamas must accept the peace process and agree to negotiate the two-state solution. That is the only way they can prove that "the united Palestinians" want peace. Given the language we're hearing from Hamas leaders, that simply ain't gonna happen. It might, however, lead to elections that if Hamas loses, it will have to relinquish Gaza and disarm, or face a final civil war that will end up with the destruction of Hamas.
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