Middle East: Hamas-Fatah reconciliation resumes

Ex-Knesset deputy Bishara mediates talk in Qatar

12 December, 11:39

    Azmi Bishara, an Arab ex-deputy of Knesset, mediates talk in Qatar between Hamas and al-Fatah Azmi Bishara, an Arab ex-deputy of Knesset, mediates talk in Qatar between Hamas and al-Fatah

    (ANSAmed) - GAZA - The arduous process of reconciliation between al-Fatah and Hamas has resumed in Qatar, according to Hebrew-language daily Maariv. The newspaper reported that in recent days, Azmi Bishara, an Arab ex-deputy of Knesset (the Israeli parliament) mediated a talk in Qatar between negotiator Saeb Erekat of the PLO and Khaled Meshal, political leader of Hamas. Bishara, a well-known television commentator for Al Jazeera who recently opened a center for political research, settled in Qatar after leaving Israel in 2007 under suspicion of having spied for Lebanese Hezbollah. During the meeting, which hasn't brought forth any immediate results, Erekat and Meshal discussed the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Isreali-Palestinian negotiations were also brought up on Wednesday in a long phone conversation between the head of the executive branch of Hamas in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Serghei Lavrov. Meanwhile on Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen (al-Fatah) had an unusual phone call with Haniyeh, in which the leaders discussed the recent wave of inclement weather that has hit Gaza and the West Bank, and talked about immediate needs for the people of the Gaza Strip.(ANSAmed).

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