This is of course not the first time that Hamas & the PLO have agreed on reconciliation.
Implementation is much more difficult than signing Palestinian unity under which flag? Palestine or Hamas? Who’s ideology is it that they unify under?
Will Hamas Ezzedin al Qassam troops merge into the PA security forces or the opposite? Will PA troops take over Rafah crossing?
Will PA security forces continue security coordination with Israel as part of a joint government?
Will the 70,000 PA (Ramallah) employees in Gaza be allowed to go back to work in the Hamas controlled offices, including teachers?
Hamas changed some Gaza school books, which text books will be used? In Gaza Hamas was teaching Hebrew, will they now in the West Bank schools?
Will Gaza return to VAT clearances with Israel?Will Hamas give up its control of the Gaza side of the Erez crossing?
Will beer be allowed back in Gaza? Will women in Gaza be allowed to dress as they like or will the Hamas police still harass women in Gaza?
If there are new Palestinian elections, which is badly needed, will the winner take all? Will both sides respect the outcome of elections?
Will Hamas allow PA newspapers into Gaza?
Will the PA allow Hamas Imams to function in the West Bank?
Will the PA release Hamas prisoners in the West Bank, will Hamas release Fatah prisoners in Gaza?
Will Mohammed Dahlan make and entry? Will he be welcome in the West Bank or in Gaza?
Will the EU and the US continue to provide financial support to Palestine?
Will all of the 133 countries which have recognized the State of Palestine recognize it with a joint government with Hamas?
If there is a joint PLO-Hamas government and Hamas abducts another Israeli soldier will the PA stand behind it or reject it?
If there is a joint PLO-Hamas government and rockets continue to be shot at Israel from Gaza, who will be held responsible?
The Ramallah PA uses about 60% of its budget on Gaza, will it now be allowed to collect taxes in Gaza?
The Ramallah PA pays the electricity and water bills for Gaza, will it now be able to charge for electricity and collect money for water?
Will the hamas Minister of interior who runs a private army be subordinate to the new joint government?
If the unity government will be made of technocrats, what will Ismail Haniyeh be doing in his retirement?
With a new unity government, will Egypt re-open the Rafah border? Will Egypt forget that Hamas-the MB – is still part of the government?
If there is a new unity government and hamas continues to dig tunnels into Israel or Israel, what will the government do?
Hamas clergy regularly preach against Jews and Christians, what sayeth you Palestinian Christians about the unity?
Hamas has said that it will never recognize Israel, does the PLO withdraw its recognition of Israel granted by President Arafat?
Will Abbas demand that to participate in elections Hamas must renounces its covenant of hate?
Hamas implements the death penalty against collaborators. Until now they considered Abbas a collaborator. Will he get the death penalty?
To Netanyahu: the best way to block the Hamas-PLO deal is to make the Palestinians an offer they can’t refuse-end the occupation
If Kerry’s negotiations were real the Palestinian unity deal would not be happening
Kerry’s 9 months gave birth to Palestinian unity, not the end of the occupation
In 9 months of “negotiations” Israel never put an offer on the table. Where is the Israeli proposal?
Where is Netanyahu’s map? doesn’t exist
Hamas is financially bankrupt, will PLO now pay its salaries or fire them?
Yesterday I thought that Kerry’s 9 months were a false pregnancy, but now there is a baby popping out, but not the one expected
Now that there is unity isn’t it time for the Hamas leadership to come back to Palestine? Khaled Mashal pack your bags, Gaza is waiting
The Palestinian Declaration of Independence written by M.Darwish recognizes UN Res181 for Jewish & Arab states in Palestine, what sayeth Hamas?
Hamas Covenant: The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine
Hamas Covenant: The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews)
Initiatives, & so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of Hamas
Hamas: In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.
Hamas: The day The PLO adopts Islam as its way of life, we will become its soldiers, and fuel for its fire that will burn the enemies.
Gershon Baskin is co-chairman of IPCRI, Israel-Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives (IPCRI), formerly known as the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, a nonprofit think tank that combines research with peace-building actions and advocacy across Israel and Palestine. He is a columnist for The Jerusalem Post and the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel for the release of Gilad Schalit. His new book Freeing Gilad: the Secret Back Channel has been published by Kinneret Zmora Bitan in Hebrew, and The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas by The Toby Press.
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
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