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        1/8/2014, Shevat 7, 5774

      Report: Fatah Asks Hamas to Join Unity Government

      Fatah wants Hamas to join a national unity government according to a report Wednesday in Maan News Agency. Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad called Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas to discuss the issue. Fatah, founded in 1959 by Yasser Arafat and others, is the main faction in the Palestinian Authority and maintains jurisdiction over Arab population centers in Judea and Samaria. Hamas was founded in 1987 and rules Gaza, having wrested control of the region from Fatah in 2007.