AirTalk for May 4, 2011

Palestinian unity deal to be signed today

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Palestinians celebrate during a rally to welcome a reconciliation deal signed by rival movements Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas and Fatah, the two major Palestinian political movements, are reportedly hours away from signing a unity deal in Cairo. The Egyptian-brokered talks, kept secret until last week, received further support today from fifteen Palestinian factions. But Israel has taken swift action against the reconciliation by withholding funds owed to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The finance minister of Israel wants the PA to guarantee that none of the money would end up with Hamas – classified as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States. After a lengthy and bitter split, what has brought Hamas and Fatah together? What divisions remain? How will the international community view Israel's position against the deal?

Guests:

Jackie Northam, NPR, Jerusalem

Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine

Honorable Jacob Dayan, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles


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