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Abbas Marches w/ Hamas in Ramallah

Fatah and Hamas still don't get along that well - unless Yasser Arafat and anti-Israel ceremonies bring out their common denominator.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/16/2011, 5:21 PM / Last Update: 5/16/2011, 7:43 PM

Fatah and Hamas still don't get along that well - unless Yasser Arafat and anti-Israel ceremonies bring out their common denominator, as they did yesterday in Ramallah.

Yesterday, for the first time in four years, Abbas and Hamas leaders marched together, and lay a wreath of flowers on the grave of arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat. Hamas does not view Arafat as its leader, but placed the flowers as a goodwill gesture to Fatah.

Tens of thousands of Arabs arrived in the city for a Nakba Day parade. Ramallah is located practically adjacent to Beit El, some 25 kilometers north of Jerusalem, and is the headquarters for Abbas’ Fatah government.

Also on Sunday, at the Kalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, dozens of Arab rioters threw rocks at IDF soldiers, and violence broke out. Four rioters were arrested. Other Nakba Day flashpoints were in Bethlehem, along the Gaza border, and near Neveh Tzuf in the lower Shomron. 

It was announced that Fatah and Hamas leaders met in Gaza for talks over the weekend, in preparation for a high-level meeting in Cairo next week. On the agenda was "the means to make the reconciliation agreement a success and remove all related obstacles in the West Bank and Gaza Strip."