Just as the split between the two main Palestinian political factions, Fatah and Hamas, seemed to reach its lowest point in recent years, Ramallah and Gaza miraculously realized that after all, they need each other.

While Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas hailed the agreement as the “final deal,” the truth is this document leaves a lot to be desired and discussed — and the two political rivals are far from the finish line. The main problem remains the fact that their disagreements are built into their respective political raison d’être.

The reconciliation deal signed in Cairo on Thursday ended a decade-long rift between Hamas, the hardline Islamists ruling Gaza, and the secular Fatah, spearheading the internationally recognized PA based in West Bank.


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