Hamas and Fatah leaders have agreed to try and find common ground for a governing Palestinian partnership. Fatah, the long dominant faction in the Palestinian Authority, has been cool on the idea of joining a government led by its powerful militant rival. After the talks in Gaza Mahmoud al-Zahar of Hamas made it clear the two groups hope to form a coalition as soon as possible.
“They addressed that they are ready, but we have to discuss all the details to reach a formula that satisfies all Palestinian factions in order to bypass Israeli pressure,” he said. The new administration will be headed by one of the group’s leaders in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. But the major sticking point appears to be Hamas’s refusal to adopt President Mahmoud Abbas’s vision of negotiating peace with Israel. The Islamic militant group, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction, has ruled out talks as a waste of time.