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Israel responds to Palestinian reconciliation deal, demands recognition from HamasFollowing reports that a reconciliation deal was signed between Hamas and Fatah, Israeli state officials responded and claimed that any deal must include compliance with the conditions of the Middle East Quartet.
Only hours after a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah was reportedly signed in Cairo, Israeli state officials claimed that any deal between the parties must include compliance with international agreements and with the conditions of the Quartet.
First and foremost, these conditions include the recognition of Israel and the dismantling of Hamas’ military wing, along with a renewed call for the release of the Israelis held in Gaza. “The continued tunnel digging, missile manufacture and the initiation of terror attacks against Israel are contrary to the Quartet’s conditions and the US efforts to renew the political process,” the officials stated. “As long as Hamas does not disarm and continues to call for the destruction of Israel, Israel considers it responsible for all acts of terrorism originating in Gaza.”
The officials also stated that Israel insists that the Palestinian Authority (PA) does not allow any Hamas terrorist activities to occur from within its territories in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel will examine the developments and act accordingly.
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