• Palestinians renew unity bid as Israel talks stall


    GAZA CITY: The Palestinians met on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to relaunch efforts to reconcile their rival leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as US-brokered peace talks with Israel teetered on the edge of collapse. A week before a nine-month target originally set for an Israeli-Palestinian deal, a Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) delegation arrived in Gaza City to try to revive long-stagnant unity efforts. Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior figure in president Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party, led the team which were greeted by Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya and the movement’s deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq. At the same time, the Palestinians refloated and then played down a threat to dismantle the PA, which     is Israel’s negotiating partner, if their peace talks remain deadlocked.


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