White House: Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation 'Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing'

In closed briefing, presidential adviser Philip Gordon tells Jewish leaders that while timing of deal was 'unhelpful' it was hard to see how peace could be reached with only 'half a Palestinian entity.'

The White House believes that the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas “isn’t necessarily a bad thing” and could ultimately strengthen the hand of President Mahmoud Abbas to reach a peace agreement on behalf of the entire Palestinian people.