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Laura Christensen
October 16, 2017

Sources from Hamas told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday that Thursday's reconciliation deal signed between rival Palestinian factions includes an agreement that the militant group will not attempt to start a conflict with Israel in the West Bank.

Hamas and Fatah's high-level delegations kicked off reconciliation talks in the Egypt capital, Cairo on Tuesday in a bid to restore the territorial unity of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Facebook that any reconciliation deal must make Hamas disarm and "end its war to destroy Israel".

He said that Israel can not accept the reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

It was signed in Cairo by new Hamas deputy leader Salah al-Aruri and Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah delegation for the talks.

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On November 21, representatives of all Palestinian factions will meet in Cairo to discuss forming a new government, elections for president and parliament, and reforms of the political structure, Hayya reportedly also said.

All previous Fatah-Hamas attempts to reconcile have quickly broken down. The contentious issue of paying Hamas employees aims to be resolved by February 1, with the PA expected to continue issuing the workers' salaries; whereas, the even stickier matter of the fate of Hamas' armed wing seems not to have been concretely addressed, although a clause in the agreement calls for PA officials in Gaza to begin devising ways to rebuild their security forces there.

For the 2 million Palestinians of Gaza, trapped in a tiny coastal strip that is frequently compared to an open-air prison, the Cairo deal offered a potential respite from their lives of dire shortages of electricity and lifesaving medicine, as well as a chance to travel to the outside world. "Palestinian Authority will be redeployed", the official said. "Ultimately Hamas's participation in the realities of political responsibility might bring about Hamas's transformation to a political rather than terrorist organization", the document predicted.

Al-Hayyah has just come back from Egypt after Hamas signed an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party on Thursday in Cairo.

It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

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