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Barghouti says Israel must end 'profitable occupation'

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, veteran Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti, who played a key role in negotiating the latest reconciliation deal, provides new details on the unity negotiations and what comes next.
(From L to R) Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed, Hamas prime minister in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya, Hamas deputy leader Musa Abu Marzuk, and secretary-general of the Palestinian Arab Front (PAF) Jameel Shehadeh, pose for a picture in Gaza on April 23, 2014. Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip agreed to form a unity government within five weeks as peace talks with Israel face collapse. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB        (Photo c

DOHA, Qatar — Creating a unified Palestinian political strategy to confront the Israeli occupation is what veteran Palestinian political leader Mustafa Barghouti wants to see out of the reconciliation deal.

Speaking to Al-Monitor on the sidelines of the Brooking Institution’s US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Barghouti said that neither Fatah nor Hamas can impose their respective agendas on the other, and instead will have to work to form a unified platform.

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