The Israeli government and the U.S. State Department have expressed resentment at the recent announcement of reconciliation between Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank, saying such a deal threatens the peace agreement with Israel. First, there is no peace agreement to be concerned about; there is only a framework agreement. Second, the reconciliation is not really reconciliation, but simply another maneuver within the Palestinian political camp. Third, Israel that prases Fatah and condemns Hamas often acts opposite to that.
Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L) speaks with head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh as they announce a reconciliation agreement during a news conference in Gaza City April 23, 2014. (Reuters)
Although the reconciliation agreement is the best thing we have heard for years in Palestine, it is most likely similar to a marriage of celebrities: an extravagant ceremony followed shortly by divorceAbdulrahman al-Rashed
Palestinians hold national flags as they celebrate after an announcement of a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014. (Reuters)