The Palestinian Territories have been divided for years, with more extreme Hamas governing the Gaza Strip and more moderate Fatah ruling in the West Bank. But Wednesday, the two sides agreed to a power-sharing agreement. But it may be another setback for peace with Israel.
Israel and Hamas fought to a stand-still in Gaza in their latest conflict. Neither side won, but neither side was defeated either. And, in the end, Israel may regret that the whole conflict may lead to a stronger Palestine.
Israeli officials have criticized a reconciliation deal between the rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas. Under the agreement, an interim Palestinian government will be formed and a date fixed for elections. Matthew Bell reports.
When Israel 50 years ago occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and other parts of land that Palestinians hope will be their own state, they quickly implemented a series of laws to govern the land. Those laws were expected to be temporary, but decades later they persist, and they've amounted to a bizarre, and sometimes contradictory, system.
In the Arab world, the Holocaust is usually viewed with suspicion. But, recently, some Palestinians have started to accept the Holocaust as a grave crime against the Jewish population of Europe. And on Monday, the Palestinian leader joined that group.