On Thursday 24 April 2014 Amos Harel, a leading security analyst for Haaretz gave a phone briefing following the news that Fatah and Hamas have agreed a unity deal that could lead to the formation of a new Palestinian government. Harel discussed the deal and its implications, in particular for the peace talks and security coordination in the West Bank.
With the news that Fatah and Hamas have agreed a new unity deal which will include the forming of a new government, BICOM has produced an analysis of the consequences of this move for the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as reaction from Israel and the US.
In a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israelis and Palestinians that it was their responsibility to take the tough decisions. He was forced to return to Washington last week without an agreement to extend negotiations beyond their current deadline at the end of April. He highlighted unhelpful steps on both sides.