Egypt hails 'opportunity' for Palestinian unity

Egypt hails 'opportunity' for Palestinian unity

Punitive measures imposed by the PA against Hamas, including cutting electricity payments for Gaza, would remain in place pending the result of those talks, Mahmoud added. The rift has left the Palestinians divided between rival governments in territories located on opposite sides of Israel.

"All control needs to be in the hands of the PA", said Abbas.

He also urged an immediate lifting of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on Gaza and an end to Israel's collective punishment of Palestinians in the enclave.

He said Egypt is going to invite Fatah and Hamas to Cairo in the near future to discuss the developments so far and to prepare for a wider meeting for all the factions involved in signing the May 4, 2011 Cairo reconciliation agreement in order to start implementing its terms.

"The whole world is watching the efforts at achieving reconciliation between the leaders of the Palestinian people", El-Sissi said in a recorded speech played during a meeting between his intelligence chief, Khaled Fawzi, and Hamdallah.

This is not the first time Bennett has made extremist right wing statements, according to the PNN, as he previously said that more people should have been "eliminated" in the war on Gaza, calling them "terrorists". No Hamas officials took part.

Palestinians must disband the Hamas military arm and sever the connection with Iran, which calls for the destruction of Israel, said Netanyahu, who spoke in Maale Adumim, a West Bank settlement where the prime minister said thousands of new apartments will be built.

"We can not accept fake reconciliation on the Palestinian side that comes at the expense of our existence".

The Trump administration's global negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, called on the Palestinians on Monday to recognize Israel and commit to nonviolence, while applauding the Palestinian reconciliation efforts amid the latest round of renewed US-led peace efforts in the region.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah vowed Wednesday to boost economic growth in Gaza Strip, in a meeting with dozens of businessmen from Gaza.