Report: Palestinian Unity Means Hamas Will Recognize Israel

Israel Continues to Condemn Deal

Fatah officials are offering new details about the unity deal with Hamas, saying the deal will include Hamas recognition of Israel and Hamas endorsement of a negotiated two-state solution along the 1967 borders.

The officials say the unity deal will mean that the upcoming Palestinian elections will reflect even broader endorsement of the Quartet positions on a peace deal with Israel.

Between that and the deal ending the Gaza Strip’s governance outside of the Palestinian Authority, it appears to be a win-win for Israel, yet the Israeli government remains adamant that no peace talks are possible so long as Hamas and Fatah are united.

Fatah official Jibril Rajoub urged Israel not to abandon the peace process, noting that Fatah has long been willing to overlook Israel’s coalition government including officials who don’t recognize the existence of the Palestinians, and many averse to peace in general. The current round of talks, of course, has been effectively dead since last month, so the whole matter mostly just relates to any future negotiations.

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