US Mideast Envoy: Palestinians Must Commit to Nonviolence

Fatah refuses to toe US line, says unity deal with Hamas will remain intact

Fatah refuses to toe US line, says unity deal with Hamas will remain intact

"If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements", Greenblatt said in a statement.

Germany is criticizing Israel's plans to build some 3,000 new housing units in West Bank settlements, saying they undermine the possibility of a two-state solution to the long conflict with the Palestinians.

Last week, the sides announced a preliminary agreement to put the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority back in charge of Gaza. Hamas has always refused similar demands in the past.

Jason Greenblatt's statement was the first American comment on the advancing reconciliation efforts between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions.

US President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations said that Hamas must disarm, renounce violence, and recognise the State of Israel if it wants to enter a Palestinian government.

The PA's top border official visited Gaza on Monday.

Naim accused the U.S. of adopting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's positions.

"National consensus is the best response to Israel's noisiness", Barhoum stressed, calling all Palestinians to ignore what he described as "blatant Zionist interventions". Israel has numerous conditions for accepting Hamas as part of a PA government: Hamas needs to recognize Israel's existence as a Jewish state; terror attacks must cease; Hamas must disarm, as demanded by Israel and the Quartet; Hamas must return Israelis, both living and otherwise, including IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin, Oren Shaul and Avram Mengistu; Hamas must give up its relationship with Iran; and all money sent to Gaza must be sent via official PA channels, not Hamas "charities".

"Hamas asserts that it is moving ahead with the implementation of all reconciliation steps and will not pay attention to any attempt to sabotage or disrupt this path".

Of course, no such explosion could be expected without the support of Russian Federation and its allies Iran and Qatar, as Israel's United Nations ambassador Danny Danon suggested when he described Iran's terror network and its efforts to destabilize the region.

This past month, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women united in a two-week march for peace that brought forward participants of all ages and backgrounds.

But since then, Israel's settlement project in the occupied territories, which started in 1967, has accelerated, blocking any chance of an independent Palestinian state.

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