Israel uses the division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a pretext to justify its failure to engage in serious negotiations with the Palestinians. However, when attempts were made to achieve reconciliation, the Government of Israel opposed the move and said that President Abbas “must choose between Hamas and Israel.” The Palestinian leadership gave its definitive response in this regard. President Abbas announced that Hamas is part of the Palestinian national fabric, while stressing at the same time that he sees in Israel a genuine partner for peace!


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