Friday, May 6, 2011

Fatah, Hamas sign unity accord

on May 4 in Cairo

State of Palestine must be born this year

Under the accord, the implementation of which would be monitored by Egypt, the Palestinian Authority would hold presidential and parliamentary elections over the next year in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the interim, Fatah and Hamas would share power and each would remain over their regions. Hamas captured the Gaza Strip in 2007.

An alliance between the two groups ruptured in 2007, leaving Fatah in control of the West Bank and Hamas ruling Gaza.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said at the ceremony that the Islamist group wanted the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state on land of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with Jerusalem as its capital.

The United States and Israel consider Hamas — whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction and which has carried out suicide bombings and rocket attacks against it — a terrorist organization.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, visiting London on Wednesday, called the accord “a mortal blow to peace and a big prize for terror.”

Mr. Abbas' - Fatah - West Bank

Khaled Mishal as head of Hamas - Gaza

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