Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Gaza Truce & and Palestinian reconciliation

PressTV's Middle East Today delves into the potential for rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah following the Egyptian brokered ceasefire in Gaza.

It has been a difficult week for the truce between Hamas and Israel. Multiple reports of ceasefire violations, delays in the opening of the crossings into Gaza to release much needed aided to the one and a half million residents.

There’ve been disputes regarding the interpretation of the scope of the truce – prisoner exchanges and so on.

But having said all that, and against the predictions of many analysts, at the time of going to air, the truce still appears to be holding.

What we are going to look at in this edition, is what impact the questionable success of the truce could have on reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Any hope for a final status, two state solution as called for so many previous agreements, relies not only on Israel and the United States negotiating in good faith and keeping to their promises – but also to a unified Palestinian political entity to become the final recipients and signatories of any deal.

Analysts say there can be no deal until the Hamas-Fatah dispute is resolved.

Moves are apparently afoot to resolve that dispute. A possible meeting between exiled chief of the Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Mashaal and Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas is being considered.

To discuss this sensitive issue we invited a guest from both sides of the political fence.

In Gaza, we had Ahmed Yousef, political advisor to the Hamas Prime Minister. And in Ramallah, was Moustapha Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

After coming away from watching this discussion, if you learn nothing else, you will discover that the two sides have far more in common than issues that separate them.

Watch Gaza Truce and Palestinian Reconciliation - and join the debate!

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