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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 05:32 PM
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Palestinian president to seek unity government deal with Hamas
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The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will meet the Hamas leader, Khaled Mashal, in Cairo this week to agree details of a new unity government, hoping to close a six-year schism between the political factions that has separated the West Bank from Gaza.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in Cairo on Friday. A spokesperson for the prime minister, Salam Fayyad, confirmed on Sunday he would resign his position should the Fatah and Hamas factions agree to reconcile.

Officials in Israel and the United States greeted news of the meeting with trepidation. Israel has warned that an agreement with Hamas would have grave consequences for its relations with the Palestinian Authority, both in terms of security and the transferral of funds.

"The prime minister has said repeatedly, the Palestinian Authority must choose between peace and Hamas. They cannot have both," an Israeli official said on Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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