The 2017 Fatah-Hamas agreement is a reconciliation agreement signed on October 12, 2017 between Fatah and Hamas. The agreement was negotiated by Egypt and signed in Cairo. The agreement was signed by Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmad and deputy head of Hamas` political bureau, Salah al-Arouri. [1] In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abu Ahmad, 56, said it was prudent to raise his hopes. “A lot of agreements have been signed in the past, but something has always pushed these political parties to withdraw,” he said, “and I`m afraid there`s still a chance that it will happen again.” Fatah negotiator Azzam al-Ahmad said the plan was to “continue to implement all the clauses of the agreement, especially those relating to the resolution of the [Gaza] employee crisis.” The statement was made on November 16, 2017 signed at the end of the 3-day meeting in Cairo. This was followed by an English translation of the leaked Arab agreement: the Palestinians did not publish the text of the agreement and there was no mention of the sensitive issues that remain unresolved, such as the fate of the main Hamas militia or the network of tunnels under Gaza used by fighters and arms smugglers. The agreement stipulates that Hamas will give Fatah full civilian control of the Gaza Strip, in exchange for easing the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Egyptians who facilitated the talks in Cairo issued a press release after the signing of the agreement. The agreement provides that Abbas`s presidential guard will assume responsibility for the Rafah crossing on November 1 and that the full transfer of administrative control of Gaza to the unity government by November 1. The agreement provides that legislative, presidential and National Council elections will take place within one year of its signature. The deal would also lead Hamas and Fatah to form a transitional government before the elections. [6] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that the talks had resulted in a “final agreement” to end the division of his rivals.

Both sides called the agreement a major breakthrough. The agreement is expected to house 3,000 Palestinian Authority police officers in the Gaza Strip. [7] Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Palestinian Authority delegation, said that the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza would be run by PA President Mahmoud Abbas` presidential guards until November 1, 2017. [6] The fine print of the agreement is subject to an impact assessment by Israel and international donors to the Palestinian Authority. The agreement could have far-reaching legal implications for U.S. funding of aid. The deal was announced Thursday by the pro-Hamas Palestinian information center. Fatah and Hamas held a series of meetings in Cairo from October 10 to 11, 2017, under the auspices of Egypt, to discuss issues of national reconciliation. The two movements agreed on the following: the agreement is concluded because Hamas has been under strong pressure from the Palestinian Authority in recent months.

Among the sanctions were the reduction of salaries of Palestinian Authority staff living in Gaza and the reduction of electricity supply to the Gaza Strip, which has already suffered from an electricity crisis due to Egyptian and Israeli blockades. [5] [6] The announcement came after representatives of Hamas and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) met in Cairo on Tuesday to implement a single agreement signed in 2011 but not implemented.