News Analysis: New Egyptian-sponsored talks for achieving Palestinian reconciliation start amid threats

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-29 01:37:53|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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GAZA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt has recently resumed its sponsorship of Palestinian reconciliation amidst many threats towards the new rounds of talks, according to Palestinian observers.

Observers believed the lack of active will and the internal differences are the decisive factors of the continuing stalemate of reconciliation and its possible failure again.

In recent days, Egypt has hosted two delegations from both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, in an effort to promote reconciliation.

Several agreements on Palestinian national reconciliation have been reached under the sponsorship of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt in the past years, but none of them has resulted in a tangible breakthrough to end the division that has begun since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 after routing forces loyal to Abbas.

"Egypt is once again struggling to move ahead with the Palestinian reconciliation file despite all the frustrations and lack of practical response to the previous agreements," Gaza-based political observer Hani Habib told Xinhua.

Habib stressed that the Egyptian efforts give hope again to end the internal split, but the result of the efforts is strongly associated with the response from both sides to these efforts.

He referred to the words at the Cairo talks about Egypt's crystallization of a new reconciliation paper in which it tries to partially meet the requirements of both sides of the crisis.

The Palestinian expert pointed out that the Egyptian paper that is being circulated in the media, is important as it has specified in detail a timetable for the implementation of each item and each stage.

"This will ensure that both parties will implement what has been agreed upon, which better insures the transition to the subsequent stage with both parties," Habib old Xinhua.

While Fatah and Hamas refused to confirm Cairo's offer of a new reconciliation draft, media outlets said that the Egyptian proposal is based on enabling the Ramallah-based national consensus government to operate in Gaza, and then the parties can consult over forming a government of national unity.

Last October, Hamas and Fatah signed an Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation pact in Cairo to heal their prolonged rift.

Under the deal, Hamas should fully hand over its power in Gaza to the Ramallah-based consensus government in last December. But the differences between the two sides forced a delay in the implementation of the deal until further notice.

Rajab Abu Serrya, a political expert from Ramallah, said the internal Palestinian division has continued despite the many agreements, understandings and mediation reached.

"Reaching a true reconciliation agreement needs a true national will especially in the face of the unprecedented challenges facing the Palestinian cause," Abu Serrya told Xinhua.

He added that Fatah and Hamas need to reconsider their regional relations, so there will be a horizon for achieving reconciliation.

The Palestinian consensus government complains that it has not received full authority in Gaza, based on the Egyptian-sponsored agreement, accusing Hamas of blocking its work in the territory.

Hamas, on the other hand, accuses the government of Rami al-Hamdallah of deliberately putting obstacles to prevent its full control over Gaza in order to thwart the reconciliation efforts and increase the suffering of Gaza's people.

Gaza has been placed under a tight Israeli blockade since Hamas seized the territory in 2007.

The blockade has pushed Gaza's 2 million population deeper into poverty with unprecedented high unemployment rates.

In the recent nine years, Israel and Hamas have been engaged in three major wars that claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis.

The UN has warned many times of the danger of another war in the Gaza Strip given the frequent violence on the border with Israel as well as the deteriorating economic conditions in the coastal enclave.

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