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Qatar, Turkey back Palestinian unity deal
Published Thursday 24/04/2014 (updated) 26/04/2014 20:47
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Palestinians carry the national flag as they ride through the
streets of Gaza to celebrate the agreement to form a unity
government on April 23, 2014.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday urged Qatar and Turkey to provide political and financial support to Palestinian factions in order to help reconciliation between the parties succeed.

Palestinian sources in Gaza told Ma'an that Haniyeh had spoken with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar to update him on the unity deal signed Wednesday.

Sheikh Tamim said the move would be met with the complete support of Qatar.

Haniyeh also spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who asserted that Turkey will "strongly support the reconciliation agreement and offer all humanitarian aid."

Interim Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki also congratulated the Palestinians for reaching a reconciliation agreement and promised that Tunisia would provide political support.

The Tunisian official said the deal was a remarkable accomplishment for the Palestinian people.

PLO and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties.

The deal set a timetable of five weeks to form a unity government, which would hold presidential and parliamentary elections within six months.

The announcement was immediately criticized by Israel and the United States, with Israel's security cabinet to meet Thursday to weigh its response to the deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to the agreement, accusing President Mahmoud Abbas of choosing "Hamas, not peace".

On Wednesday, the United States warned that the deal between the Palestinian leadership and Hamas threatened to scupper any chance of rescuing the talks.

"It's hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

PLO official Saeb Erekat slammed Israel's response to the unity deal, saying that "Mr. Netanyahu and his government were using Palestinian division as an excuse not to make peace."

"During the past nine months of negotiations, Mr. Netanyahu's government has increased settlement construction, home demolitions, killings, detentions and military raids," he said in a statement.

"And the moment we sign a national reconciliation agreement upon a single political platform that recognizes all previously signed agreements between Palestine and Israel, Mr. Netanyahu and his government blame us for the failure of talks," he added.
1 ) Don / US
24/04/2014 14:50
Turkey and Qatar can go to hell. They support Al Qaeda in Syria and Turkey on its own the slave of NATO and doing there bidding to attack Arab countries! God Is watching Erdogan and the Qatari royal mafia will get there dues!

2 ) Rami / Palestine
24/04/2014 15:42
#1 You are right on account of Qatar but I think you may have mistaken Turkey for Saudi Arabia. Turkey isn't attacking anyone and it is not supporting Al Qaeda. Can't say so much about the others though.

3 ) Mel / USA
24/04/2014 15:44
I'm curious to see if "negotiations" include whether Palestinian Statehood is conditional on it agreeing to join the WEST/EU(like the expectation of sliced-up Ukraine)?Zionist Israel's always tried to negate the Near/Middle Eastern Arab/Muslim identity,history,culture of Palestine,desperate to turn it into a westernized,gentrified,Judaized Med.playground(since destroying Palestinian Jaffa(47-8...).So,consider those conditions of 'negotiations?Shackled to a Euro &IMF,or a Zionist NIS,still?

4 ) @ Don-1 / Go Into Debt, Not "Hell"
24/04/2014 15:52
- Canada, the USA, the EU, and many other states will have to reconsider assistance to the PA, when Hamas joins the government, since
"any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence, recognition of the state of Israel, and all previous (Oslo, etc.) agreements" for any further assistance to continue, so
- Turkey, Qatar, and other states supporting this "Unity" should plan to financially supporting when Canada, the USA, and the EU all stop !!

5 ) Jon G / USA
24/04/2014 16:58
I hope they use the financial support from all their generous supporters for something positive.

6 ) Mel / USA
24/04/2014 17:40
Philaelphia Bibi's so funny,LOL! He bends over for Judeo-Nazi fanatics(Shas-Kach-KKK-trash)for votes&Jews-only expansion & now he's offended by his(unelected)proxy(PA)uniting with freely &fairly elected Hamas to save Palestine from Zionist destruction! All while Turkey,& Wahhabi Riyadh sponsor(for NATO)a FSA/SNC,AQ/Nusra,Takfir/Salafist proxy-coup on Syria,just to leave Syria divided in NATO-Saudi-Kurdish-controlled Bantustans like Iraq &Palestine!NO THANKYOU! Palestine IS NOT FOR SALE!

7 ) Outlier / USA
24/04/2014 19:54
No surprise here.

8 ) mohamed / somalia
24/04/2014 22:06
@1 get loose. no more business as usual the whole world is fed up with you.

9 ) Arnold / Canada
24/04/2014 22:24
There are but two parties- Hamas and PA. So if they join in as one and have parliamentary elections then who or what is the "opposition" party. I have yet to understand Arab democracy.

10 ) Rami / Palestine
25/04/2014 07:08
#9 Thats because you don't understand Palestine at all and thus should go post comments on a kitten website. The PA is not a party. It is the bame of the government. Fatah is a party. Hamas is a party. So are the PFLP, DFLP, Palestinian People's Party, etc. The PA has a Fatah majority government. Similar to how USA might have a Republican majority or Israel might gave a Likud majority. Do your research if you want to add your 2 cents.

11 ) Russ Sandlin / USA
27/04/2014 09:22
There is no documentation anywhere that Qatar supports Al Qaeda Don/USA. Qatar is a partner of the US Service Men and Women where many are based. As far as Israel I believe it is bad that the rocket attacks keep occurring from Gaza but this is a huge positive story that 1. Hamas and Fatah are having unity elections, and 2. Hamas has now recognized the right of Israel to Exist. Olive branches are being presented by the Palestinians, yet the Israelis walk out of peace talks.
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