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New Hamas-Fatah plan recognizes Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The rival Hamas and
Fatah movements agreed on a plan implicitly recognizing
Israel, a top Palestinian official said Tuesday after weeks of acrimonious negotiations aiming to lift crippling international aid sanctions.
Fatah and Hamas officials praised the agreement, but it was overshadowed by a crisis triggered by militants' abduction of an Israeli soldier.
Moderate President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah has been trying to coax his Hamas rivals into endorsing the document, which calls for a Palestinian state alongside Israel, in effect recognizing the Jewish state. He has endorsed the plan as a way to end sanctions against the Hamas-led Palestinian government and pave the way to reopening peace talks with Israel...
Palestinian deal overshadowed by soldier
Meanwhile, negotiators from the rival Hamas and
Fatah movements agreed on a plan implicitly recognizing Israel, officials said, after weeks of acrimonious negotiations aiming to lift crippling international aid sanctions. But powerful exiled Palestinian leaders said there was no deal