Fatah, Hamas reach agreement for unity gov't

Sunday, February 11, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
After talks in Mecca, Fatah and Hamas leaders announced it came to an agreement in the formation of a Palestinian unity government and agreed to end internal fighting.

The Islamic Jihad terror organization, responsible for a number of suicide attacks, has agreed to cooperate with the new unity government.

“The Islamic Jihad will support the new government so that it can succeed in its task,” said Nafaz Azam of Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.

Saudi Arabia promised $1 billion in aid to the Palestinians after Hamas and Fatah delegates reached a deal.

The two parties also agreed that the political platform of the unity government would not require Hamas to abide by previous agreements signed between the PLO and Israel, which included the recognition of Israel.

In a letter to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas urged him to form a new government that would “abide by the higher interests of the Palestinians, preserve the achievements of the Palestinians and honor agreements signed by the PLO.”

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