Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will not accept 'bogus' Palestinian reconciliation deal

Palestinian PM arrives in Gaza, first visit since 2015

Hamas has ruled the territory since 2007, when it seized it from the PA in a near civil war and multiple previous reconciliation attempts have failed.

Since 2006 after the massive victory of Hamas in Gaza elections, Hamas and Fatah have been at odds.

West Bank based Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited the Gaza strip Monday to meet with Hamas officials.

For its part, Hamas has repeatedly rejected all calls for it to turn over its weapons.

"Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence, recognition of the State of Israel, acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties and peaceful negotiations", he said.

Mr Hamdallah later met Hamas political leader Ismail Haniya and its Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar.

Abbas, too, demands that Hamas disarm, saying he "won't accept the reproduction of the Hezbollah experience in Lebanon".

"The only way to statehood is through unity", he told the crowd.

He added that the Palestinian government would fully and practically implement its administrative responsibilities in the Gaza Strip, according to the order of Abbas.

While administrative control will be handed over, the Hamas government will retain authority over security, a factor that political analysts say is likely to result in the failure of the unity government.

"If the region stays engaged, if Egypt's role continues, and if the political parties themselves continue to show the willingness they are now showing to work with us on this process, then it can succeed", he told AFP news agency. This isn't about Palestinian reconciliation but about Mahmoud Abbas joining forces with a murderous terror organization.

Hamas deputy political chief Musa Abu Marzouk said recently that Hamas would not agree to discuss a change in the brigade's status with Fatah since the goal of its weapons "is to defend the Palestinian people" and that its military wing has to be "ready for every scenario" as long as the Israeli occupation persists. This reconciliation appears to be even further along than the 2014 effort, with Hamas willingly disbanding the Gaza government with an eye toward bringing it under control of a unity government, pending an election.

Gaza has suffered acute shortages of electricity and medical supplies this year as a result of punitive measures imposed by Abbas in an effort to ratchet up pressure on Hamas. Hamas with its new charter has stated its willingness to be a part of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to fight for liberation by accepting the statehood with 1967 borders and supporting the non-violent resistance with the right of recourse to armed resistance in self-defence.

Officials on both sides said the more hard issues will be addressed at the upcoming talks in Cairo.

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