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APN: Fatah-Hamas Agreement a Positive Step

APN cautiously welcomed the agreement signed in Saudi Arabia between the leaders of the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 13, 2007
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Washington, D.C - Americans for Peace Now today cautiously welcomed the agreement signed in Saudi Arabia between the leaders of the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements. APN views the agreement as a positive step toward reducing the level of intra-Palestinian violence and hopefully producing a future Palestinian government which can be a partner in peace with Israel.

"A welcome result of the agreement is that it seems to solidify the fragile ceasefire between the Palestinian factions and stop the destructive violence on the streets of Gaza and the West Bank," said Debra DeLee, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now.

APN is a Jewish, Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel's security through peace and to supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement.

"Whether this agreement will also have positive political repercussions is not only a function of the Palestinians' will and capacity to prevent violence and terrorism and punish those who engage in it; Its impact will also depend on other stakeholders in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including Israel and the United States, who can help create the conditions for a new Palestinian government to deliver on security, economic rehabilitation and progress toward a two-state solution," DeLee said.

"While the agreement falls short of fulfilling the international community requirements for interacting with Hamas, it could solidify the shaky Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and be a first step toward the resumption of an Israeli-Palestinian political process," said DeLee.