Hamas concessions don't guarantee Palestinian reconciliation

AP News
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 8:11 AM
Hamas concessions don't guarantee Palestinian reconciliation

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas has announced a number of key concessions to the rival Fatah movement that could potentially pave the way for reconciliation after a 10-year rift that has left the Palestinians torn between two governments.

But ending the division between the bitter rivals is far away and far from certain.

Hamas won legislative elections in 2006 and the following year seized control of the Gaza Strip from President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah-led forces, leaving Abbas only in charge of autonomous enclaves in the West Bank.

Repeated attempts at ending the rift have failed.

Hamas this week announced it was disbanding a contentious committee and also said it was ready to hand over all government functions to Abbas and to hold elections in Gaza and the West Bank.