Hamas And Fatah To Join Forces

West Bank – The two factions in Palestine, Fatah and Hamas have agreed on Tuesday to form a unity government within three months, this according to a senior Hamas official.

Moussa Abu Marzouq explained that Hamas and Fatah officials held “positive” talks in Cairo recently and agreed to a timeline which would see them implement reconciliation by July.

The parties signed an agreement in Cairo as far back as 2011, in which they pledged to set up a caretaker government of independents hoping to pave the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within 12 months, however the implementation had stalled over the government’s make-up. Abu Marzouq added that officials did not discuss any names for the new government in the meeting.

Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians gathered in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on Tuesday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Nakba. The commemoration events began with a candlelit vigil which finished outside of the Church of the Nativity, lighting 65 torches to mark the event.

In the evening, a special pre-recorded speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was broadcast on Palestinian television.

The President said it is the right of all Palestinians to have an “independent state”, which had been affirmed by “countries all over the world” and called on the Israeli government to show its positive intentions during negotiations by releasing Palestinian prisoners.

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