Unity Pact Criminalizes Security Efforts With Israel

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The Palestinian unity pact that sealed the demise of the Israeli- Palestinian peace talks may also spell the end of security coordination with Israel, according to The Times of Israel.

A hitherto unpublicized clause in the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement calls for change in security arrangements:

“In [the agreement], there is a clause referring to the security situation with many details, some of which touch on the security doctrine, criminalizing security cooperation [with Israel], and administrative arrangements for the return [to Gaza] of 3,000 security personnel belonging to Ramallah. The security situation in the Gaza Strip will remain as it is in the interim period,” read a statement published in the Hamas daily Felesteen.

The official reconciliation statement released in April made no mention of security cooperation with Israel, which Israeli authorities confirm has been effective in recent years.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was set to meet with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal in Doha on Monday, the first such meeting since their rival movements signed the unity deal.

Mashaal has been based in Doha for more than two years after leaving his previous base in Damascus due to the war in Syria.

The last time the two met face-to-face was in Cairo in January 2013.