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Hamas committed to unity deal despite Israeli pressure

Hamas believes Israel is trying to exploit the murders of three settlers in the West Bank to destroy the Palestinian reconciliation deal.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party chief Saad al-Katatni (L) meets with Palestinian Hamas member Bassem Naim after his arrival through the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Said Khatib/Pool (GAZA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3AM7C
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas remains committed to Palestinian reconciliation, contrary to reports suggesting the deal might fall apart because of Israeli pressure in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. Strong Israeli opposition has largely rendered the Palestinian unity government unable to bring about desired changes on the ground, despite its receiving endorsements from the European Union and the United States.

After the announcement of the government, bringing an end to seven years of division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel tried but failed to stymie international backing and recognition of it. It has, however, succeeded in exploiting the kidnapping and killing of the three teenagers to incite against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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