After years of stalemate, a glimmer of light for Fatah-Hamas reconciliation.
The estranged Palestinian factions of Fatah and Hamas are talking seriously for the first time in years about a high-level reconciliation meeting that could pave the way for a unified Palestinian approach to peace talks and state-building.
On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah responded to an invitation the day before from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah to meet in Gaza. After years of stalemated reconciliation talks involving lower-level officials, Mr. Abbas said that he would be willing to go immediately.
The overtures are significant because they appear to be a direct response to popular pressure; Tuesday rallies organized via Facebook drew thousands into the streets of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to call for Palestinian reconciliation.