Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned Hamas it must change the way it operates in Gaza if it wants to continue in a unity government...Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Fatah - Mr Abbas's faction that dominates the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority - had been embroiled in years of bitter rivalry until signing a reconciliation deal in April...it remains in de facto control of Gaza.
Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip.
Speaking in Cairo ahead of an Arab League foreign ministers' meeting, the Palestinian president accused Hamas of running a shadow government and said he wanted a single authority and a single system of rule.
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Israel's Haaretz newspaper quoted Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri as saying that Mr Abbas's remarks were based on faulty information and talks would continue to try to reconcile differences with Mr Abbas's Fatah faction.
But, if you think about it, this comes back to something I've promoted previously:
there can be no peace until Hamas and Fatah first make peace with each other.
And there is no need, given the history of their rivalry, to expect we need halt construction
And until so, I think that Abbas is doing us a great service. My graphic comment: