Palestinians agreed to end 4-year-old rift

Palestinian officials from the rival Fatah and Hamas movements say they have reached an initial agreement on ending a four-year-old rift that has left them divided between rival governments in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The officials say the plan calls for the formation of a single caretaker government in the coming days, and preparations to hold presidential and legislative elections a year from

The officials say the agreement was reached through Egyptian mediation. They spoke on condition of anonymity before a formal announcement in Cairo later Wednesday.

Despite the agreement, key questions remain about who will control the rival security forces.

Disagreements over security control erupted into the June 2007 civil war that ended with Hamas seizing control of Gaza.

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  • Rafic

    Bravo Palestinians for your wisdom, now that Hamas felt if the Regime in Syria falls they need each other more so then ever. Any Lebanese Leaders listening?

  • Anonymous

    Bravo Palestinians for your wisdom, now that Hamas felt if the Regime in Syria falls they need each other more so then ever. Any Lebanese Leaders listening?

  • kareemthehippy

    Bravo! Palestinians are divided into 4 – West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and “Arab Israelis”…this is a huge step forward in uniting them…

    Lebanon are you watching this? Maybe we need to be in a situation like the Palestinians to understand how much we need to change.

    • youyes4u

      Palestinians will always be divided,been before,done it before,no honest truce will ever exist among each other!
      Give them the benefits of the doubts and shall see,because as we all know if this statement ring a bell,”arabs always agree on not to agree,” who knows may be they will in next life on earth.

      • kareemthehippy

        The past is the past. You can change things and make progress. The reason that things haven’t progressed in the Middle East is because the same people have been running the country and their puppet-masters are letting them run the countries. It even gets to a point, like in Lebanon where the government and opposite are both puppets and we’re watching a play where the audience gets shot a few times.

        Maybe you’re already caught up in that mentality and forgot about things like progression, change, the distant future..etc

        • youyes4u

          Kareemthehippy, I am for change ,reforms and equality without any bias for all abiding and loyal citizens in each and every country in the MiddleEast,
          nevertheless. I see a little hope at the end of the tunnel for progress in the MiddleEast and particularly in Lebanon,( I hope I am wrong,).
          Similar to what you have just said, “lebanon has become a nation of spectators watching a game befold before their own eyes.”and that’s where I was caught up for being pessimistic regrding any future progression upon lebanon,cause I don’t see any eminent changes in the distant future.
          I don’t pretend ,follow, or favor any political party or puppets ,I am for solid democratic constitutions that serves the people, social justice, liberty ,and government representations fairly distributed among all lebanese constituents without any discrimination,and lastly independent soveirgne lebanon from all foreinge interference
          take care and keep up your positive and truthful comments , may be the rest of us will follow.

        • youyes4u

          Kareemthehippy, I am for change ,reforms and equality without any bias for all abiding and loyal citizens in each and every country in the MiddleEast,
          nevertheless. I see a little hope at the end of the tunnel for progress in the MiddleEast and particularly in Lebanon,( I hope I am wrong,).
          Similar to what you have just said, “lebanon has become a nation of spectators watching a game befold before their own eyes.”and that’s where I was caught up for being pessimistic regrding any future progression upon lebanon,cause I don’t see any eminent changes in the distant future.
          I don’t pretend ,follow, or favor any political party or puppets ,I am for solid democratic constitutions that serves the people, social justice, liberty ,and government representations fairly distributed among all lebanese constituents without any discrimination,and lastly independent soveirgne lebanon from all foreinge interference
          take care and keep up your positive and truthful comments , may be the rest of us will follow.

        • kareemthehippy

          @youyes4u

          To be honest, I’m not optimistic about Lebanon. There needs to be major changes in Syria, Palestine, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the US before we can change from within…unless the Lebanese people wage a revolution against all the political parties and start new governments with NOBODY from the civil war and call for war crime trials.

        • kareemthehippy

          @youyes4u

          To be honest, I’m not optimistic about Lebanon. There needs to be major changes in Syria, Palestine, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the US before we can change from within…unless the Lebanese people wage a revolution against all the political parties and start new governments with NOBODY from the civil war and call for war crime trials.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo! Palestinians are divided into 4 – West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and “Arab Israelis”…this is a huge step forward in uniting them…

    Lebanon are you watching this? Maybe we need to be in a situation like the Palestinians to understand how much we need to change.

    • Anonymous

      Palestinians will always be divided,been before,done it before,no honest truce will ever exist among each other!
      Give them the benefits of the doubts and shall see,because as we all know if this statement ring a bell,”arabs always agree on not to agree,” who knows may be they will in next life on earth.

      • Anonymous

        The past is the past. You can change things and make progress. The reason that things haven’t progressed in the Middle East is because the same people have been running the country and their puppet-masters are letting them run the countries. It even gets to a point, like in Lebanon where the government and opposite are both puppets and we’re watching a play where the audience gets shot a few times.

        Maybe you’re already caught up in that mentality and forgot about things like progression, change, the distant future..etc

        • Anonymous

          Kareemthehippy, I am for change ,reforms and equality without any bias for all abiding and loyal citizens in each and every country in the MiddleEast,
          nevertheless. I see a little hope at the end of the tunnel for progress in the MiddleEast and particularly in Lebanon,( I hope I am wrong,).
          Similar to what you have just said, “lebanon has become a nation of spectators watching a game befold before their own eyes.”and that’s where I was caught up for being pessimistic regrding any future progression upon lebanon,cause I don’t see any eminent changes in the distant future.
          I don’t pretend ,follow, or favor any political party or puppets ,I am for solid democratic constitutions that serves the people, social justice, liberty ,and government representations fairly distributed among all lebanese constituents without any discrimination,and lastly independent soveirgne lebanon from all foreinge interference
          take care and keep up your positive and truthful comments , may be the rest of us will follow.

        • Anonymous

          @youyes4u

          To be honest, I’m not optimistic about Lebanon. There needs to be major changes in Syria, Palestine, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the US before we can change from within…unless the Lebanese people wage a revolution against all the political parties and start new governments with NOBODY from the civil war and call for war crime trials.

  • Crossed

    Bravo Palestine. Unity is always the answer.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo Palestine. Unity is always the answer.

  • antar2011

    it is about bloody time..
    i dunno what would iran think of that though….

    last time there talk of palestinian unity, hamas announced out of the blue that they do not think fath is legitimate…

    so let’s wait and see…hope this time is different though.

  • Anonymous

    it is about bloody time..
    i dunno what would iran think of that though….

    last time there talk of palestinian unity, hamas announced out of the blue that they do not think fath is legitimate…

    so let’s wait and see…hope this time is different though.