Fatah Hamas sign deal
The two Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement yesterday in Cairo. The agreement ends a four year feud which has split the Palestinians and led to bitter fighting especially between their respective security services.
Although President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal were present, they left it to their respective deputies to sign the formal document. The signing was delayed for around two hours over an argument about protocol, a discouraging sign for the future.
The deal itself allows for a new government of technocrats to be established. They will start work on preparing for fresh elections which will take place within a year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the deal as a ‘tremendous blow to peace and a great victory for terrorism’.