Abbas, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrive for a meeting in Doha. Reuters
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Israel has pursued its offensive in the Gaza Strip, delegates from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestine Liberation Organization have faced their opponents as one at talks in Cairo, albeit indirectly through Egyptian mediators.Then in April, the PLO – internationally recognized as the sole representative of the Palestinian people – signed a reconciliation agreement with Hamas and formed a national unity government composed of independent technocrats.Islamic Jihad has consistently caused its rival trouble, firing rockets into Israel when Hamas was trying to stick to a cease-fire.That is why, since the current conflict began, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have joined forces to fight Israeli troops and cooperated "at the highest political level" in Cairo, said Hasan Abdou, an analyst in Gaza.Palestinian unity is being challenged not only by internal divisions but also by Israel.Abbas said he needed to examine the reports, and Hamas has not commented on them.
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