Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement Thursday, the Palestinian Authority to retake control of the Gaza Strip in December.
The agreement was signed in Cairo by representatives of both factions, the Palestinian Authority to resume its control of the Gaza Strip after a decade of conflict. Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri and Fatah representative Azzam al-Ahmad signed the agreement, with negotiations to form a unity government underway.
Negotiations for the final agreement took two days, negotiations monitored by Egypt.
The deal will go into effect December 1, 2017 and a reported 3,000 Palestinian Authority police will be deployed to the Gaza Strip. A joint police force it to be created as the Palestinians begin to merge and integrate government bodies.
The unity government is reportedly to be formed by January of 2018.
While specifics of the deal were not yet given to the press, the deal was brokered by Egypt and has been under negotiation for several weeks. Egypt’s State Information Service confirmed the PA’s control of the Gaza Strip with a meeting scheduled for all relevant Palestinian leadership in Cairo towards the end of November.
Fatah representative al-Ahmad stated on the agreement “We promise to implement the reconciliation agreement, and we’ll do everything to continue the reconciliation… We will act in stages, and the discussions that we’ve held over the past two days focused on returning the Palestinian government to operate and govern fully in the Gaza Strip.”
Hamas’ Al-Arouri “promised” the terror organization’s implementation of the agreement, claiming that the deal closely resembles the attempted deal from Cairo 2011, stating “The Egyptian attempt this time was different from all the preceding ones, and it’s clear to everyone that Egypt is the national guarantor of security for the Arab world.”
President Abbas congratulated the agreement, stating following “What was agreed upon strengthens and accelerates the steps to end the division and restore the unity of the Palestinian people, land and institutions.”
Israel condemned the agreement, as it does not require Hamas first disarm. Israel has been clear that it would not enter negotiations for a peace agreement with Hamas, a terror organization that calls for Israel’s destruction.
A statement from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Office was released Friday morning, stating “Any reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas must include honoring international agreements and the Quartet conditions, first and foremost among them recognizing Israel and disarming Hamas.”
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, October 13, 2017, and reposted with permission.