Hamas and the palestinian government to appear together in Gaza

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"We are here to close and forever (turn) the page on division and steer our national project back to its right track to end the Israeli occupation based on global law and United Nations resolutions", he reportedly said.

Palestinians must disband the Hamas military arm and sever the connection with Iran, which calls for the destruction of Israel, said Netanyahu, who spoke in Maale Adumim, a West Bank settlement where the prime minister said thousands of new apartments will be built.

In September, Hamas has come to accept the return of the Authority under the pressure of the big neighbouring egypt, disappointments diplomatic of his ally of qatar and a severe turn of the screw given financial by the president of the Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. Numerous attempts to reconcile were begun since Hamas took the Gaza Strip by force from Fatah and the PA in 2007, but none ever materialized.

But it warned any Palestinian government must accept Israel's right to exist.

Netanyahu's foreign minister at the time, Avigdor Liberman, concurred, saying that Abbas had to decide whether he wanted to make peace with Israel or with Hamas. Since 2006, elections to the Palestinian National Authority have been placed on hold. This time around, at least for the moment, Liberman is keeping quiet. The palestinian government met in Gaza on Tuesday.

Washington, which is seeking to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, welcomed the return of the PA government to Gaza.

Despite the discernible difficulties clear to the leaders on both sides, a sense of heady optimism nonetheless prevails.

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At the beginning of the meeting, which took place at the official Gaza residence of Abbas in Gaza, Hamdallah pledged to end the rift.

Fatah and Hamas are trying to reach a final deal on reconciliation in Gaza.

"This time is different", a top Fatah official explained to Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity.

The holding of this council of ministers is to illustrate the progress of the reconciliation between the palestinian Authority and the islamist Hamas movement after a decade of strife devastating.

"Allow me to tell you that today the entire world looks forward to your efforts in achieving reconciliation between the Palestinian people and appreciates your resolve to overcome all obstacles that have caused discord and division".

"Egypt has always, despite its enormous challenges, been the main supporter of the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people". "The word "reconciliation" is sometimes understood by Hamas in one way, and the West Bank in another way", says Sami Abdel-Shafi, an independent political consultant in Gaza City.

The United States appears to share this view. But US special envoy Jason Greenblatt also said any Palestinian government "must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the State of Israel, acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties and peaceful negotiations".