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Hamas deal raises hopes for peace

June 15, 2018
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Hopes for a breakthrough in the Middle East hang in the balance asthe Israeli and Western governments weigh their response to apower-sharing agreement. – (The Age — 13 September, 2006)
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The militant Islamic Hamas agreed Monday to share power with its rival, the moderate Fatah, surrendering to Western economic sanctions that bankrupted its government, causing widespread hardships and turning many of its constituents against their leaders. (International Herald Tribune — 12 September, 2006)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement on Monday that his moderate Fatah party and the ruling Hamas party have agreed to form a coalition government–a move the Palestinians hope would ease crippling international sanctions. (MSNBC — 12 September, 2006)
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The Islamic militant group Hamas is prepared to back peace efforts with Israel as part of the new coalition government being formed by the Palestinians, a spokesman for the outgoing Hamas-led administration said Tuesday. (MSNBC — 12 September, 2006)
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British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday the world should restore contacts with the Palestinians, if the ruling Hamas group forms a government with more moderate factions. But Hamas immediately rejected his conditions — that it renounce violence and recognize Israel. (CNN — 13 September, 2006)
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The spokesman for the outgoing Hamas-led Palestinian government said the new Palestinian coalition will have “no problem” holding peace talks with Israel, but expressed doubt that Israel is ready to make the necessary concessions for a deal. (International Herald Tribune — 12 September, 2006)
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The international community should restore contacts with a future Palestinian unity government if it breaks with the current policies of the Hamas-led administration, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday. (CNN — 10 September, 2006)
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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has told visiting British Prime Minister Tony Blair he plans to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas soon Mr Olmert addressed a joint news conference (ABC News — 10 September, 2006)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni reacted skeptically yesterday to a proposed unity Palestinian government that would include Hamas, saying the militant group must first renounce terrorism and accept Israel’s right to exist before restrictions on… (Washington Post — 1 hour ago)
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The United Nations’ trade and development agency warned Tuesday that the Palestinian economy was declining dramatically, leading to a worsening this year of already high unemployment and poverty levels in the West Bank and Gaza. (CNN — 2 hours ago)
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An Israeli military court orders the release of a number of detained Hamas officials and members of parliament. (BBC News — 13 September, 2006)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — As the young editor of Hamas’s weekly newspaper, Sari Orabi is a careful monitor of what he describes as the “surprisingly frank” debate underway within the party that took control of the Palestinian Authority just over five months ago. (Washington Post — 22 hours ago)
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Hundreds of Lebanese protested against British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s visit to Beirut on Monday, accusing him of backing Israel’s 34-day war with Hizbollah guerrillas. (CNN — 12 September, 2006)
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