by Catrina Stewart
The Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to end a four-year rift
in a surprise move that could have profound implications for the stalled
Arab-Israeli peace process.
Fatah, the party dominant in the West Bank, and its Islamist rival Hamas,
which governs Gaza, have reached a preliminary agreement to form an interim
government within days and hold general elections within the year,
Palestinian and Egyptian officials said. . . .
Vita Bekker and Heba Saleh, "Palestinian drive for unity alarms Israel,"
ft.com, April 28, 2011
[Egypt is charting a new course in its foreign policy that has
already begun shaking up the established order in the Middle East, planning
to open the blockaded border with Gaza and normalizing relations with two of
Israel and the West's Islamist foes, Hamas and Iran.--David D. Kirkpatrick,
Shift, Egypt Warms to Iran and Hamas, Israel's Foes," nytimes.com,
April 28, 2011]
Ali Abunimah, "'Text' of Hamas-Fatah deal emerges and
it doesn't look good," electronicintifada.net, May 3, 2011
Catrina Stewart, "Hamas and
Fatah sign historic deal backing new Palestinian unity,"
Independent, May 5, 2011
"Israel and Palestine Here comes your non-violent
resistance," economist.com, May 17, 2011
Robert Fisk, "Revealed:
the untold story of the deal that shocked the Middle East," Independent,
June 7, 2011
Peter Beaumont and Paul Lewis, "Fatah and Hamas agree landmark pact after seven-year
rift," theguardian.com, April 23, 2014
[First, the Israelis helped build up a militant strain of Palestinian political Islam,
in the form of Hamas and its Muslim Brotherhood precursors; then, the Israelis switched
tack and tried to bomb, besiege, and blockade it out of existence.--Mehdi Hasan, "Blowback:
How Israel Went From Helping Create Hamas to Bombing It," theintercept.com,
February 19 2018]