PA rebuffs US, Israeli opposition to unity deal

BY KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPOST– The Fatah-Hamas reconciliation effort is an entirely Palestinian affair and no one has the right to intervene in it, a Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah said on Saturday. The official, who was responding to reports about Israeli and American opposition to efforts to achieve reconciliation between the two rival parties,…

Fatah, Hamas agree to establish caretaker government without Palestinian PM Fayyad

BY AKIVA ELDAR, HAARETZ— Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed to hold elections next May and are due to establish a caretaker government in the coming weeks which will exclude Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Palestinian sources said Tuesday. According to Palestinian sources, a breakthrough in Egyptian mediation efforts occurred in recent days, ahead of…