The real significance of this reconciliation is that it will engage Hamas and bring it into the peaceful process. Without such an agreement, Gaza would stay outside any settlement that Israel and the Arabs will reach, and would bedevil the relationships between Israel and the new Palestinian state. This is the only way to look at this event. The experiment could fail, but until then it should not be judged an impediment to negotiations or to the Palestinian bid for statehood in September.
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from the article: Palestinian reconciliation could work to Israel's advantage