Mashaal and Abbas in Qatar
The US administration has informed the Palestinian Authority that is has no objections to the Qatar-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported Friday.
The deal specifies that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will head the future Palestinian unity government.
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Israel has expressed vehement objection to the deal.
The Palestinian leadership convened in Ramallah on Thursday to discuss the PA's future political agenda, which Abbas will present to the Arab League.
The Palestinian leadership has decided against resuming the Amman peace talks with Israel.
"Israel's positions and policies for the negotiations do not meet the minimal requirements for a serious dialogue and include prerequisites and deception – especially when it comes to the two major issues of recognizing the two-state solution and freezing settlement construction," a Palestinian statement said.
The Palestinian leadership further expressed its hope that the international community would "continue in its efforts to compel Israel to adhere to these principles, without which a peace process with a positive horizon cannot be formed."
Hamas Politburo member Izzat al-Rishq commented that appointing Abbas the head of the new government was the only way the deadlock surrounding the identity of the prime minister.
Al-Rishq further denied reports that Hamas was experiencing an internal discord over the agreement, saying that "the important thing now is to implement the agreement on
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