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Hamas, Fatah Members Draft Joint Platform

After months of tensions, senior members of the rival Hamas and Fatah factions have forged a joint platform, including acceptance of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. However, it was unclear whether Hamas, particularly the group’s hardline leaders abroad, will back the program, which would signal a major softening of positions. Until now, Hamas has balked at the West’s demands that it renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept existing peace agreements. Full Story

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