05.05.2011 01.Ijar, 5771 Rosch Hodesch 2; Tag 16 des Omer
It is also not yet clear whether the unity government, if finally established, will adopt the Quartet’s demands that it recognize Israel and honor the agreements already signed with it.
After an almost four-year split between Fatah and Hamas, the leaders of the two rival organizations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshal, signed an accord in Cairo on Wednesday.
The signing has no immediate significance on the ground. Rather, representatives of the two organizations are now expected to begin protracted negotiations on how to implement the agreement’s clauses: establishing a national unity government composed of technocrats and headed by an independent figure, plus elections for the presidency, parliament, and the PLO’s Palestinian National Council within a year….