Gaza Hamas leader: World should accept unity deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Gaza's Hamas prime minister says the world should accept the will of the Palestinian people for a unity government between his Islamic movement and the more moderate Fatah.
Ismail Haniyeh spoke in Gaza City a day after Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation accord aimed at ending a bitter split that left Gaza and the West Bank under rival governments.
Israel, the U.S. and other nations have expressed concern at the prospect of Hamas joining a government. Hamas does not recognize Israel and is labeled a terrorist group by many because of multiple suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israel.
Haniyeh called on the international community to work with the unity government now being formed. He said, "Boycotts and economic sanctions are the politics of failure."