Egypt, U.S. Advance Palestinian Unity Government, but Fatah and Hamas Leery

Jack Khoury
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The U.S. administration and Egypt are pressuring the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to try to form a coalition government, to promote long-term calm and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Senior figures in Fatah and Hamas told Haaretz the chances for establishing such a unity government seem slim, but both sides will have to show flexibility in order not to seem recalcitrant in the face of the pressure from Washington and Cairo and the political and economic ramifications for both sides.

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