Rocket fired from Gaza strikes southern Israel


The Palestinian cabinet, headed by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, met in Gaza on October 3 for the first time in three years.

The government's visit to Gaza is one step on a long, bumpy road that Fatah and Hamas need to traverse together to achieve unity on thorny issues.

"There might be some difficulties on the road but we will conclude reconciliation, regardless of the cost", Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said during a meeting with Fatah officials. "I'm proud of the security checkers, who operated exactly as is expected of them, beginning with identifying the truck as suspect and ending with checking the shipment and uncovering the smuggling attempt", said Ami Shaked, the head of the Kerem Shalom Crossing Authority.

Speaking to the local Ma'an News Agency, Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassam insisted that the group's weapons are not up for discussion, insisting that "the resistance's weapons are legal".

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Israeli commentators were divided on whether Hamas's move represents a victory or a setback for the movement.

Yousef stated that a participation of a Hamas delegation from the occupied West Bank would positively contribute to "solving the outstanding issues" between Hamas and Fatah, stressing that Hamas is putting the internal issues in the West Bank on the agenda of the talks. "We will not comment on any conditions or analyses circulated by the media".

Fatah and Hamas movements sent two delegations to Cairo on Monday, in order to push towards a reconciliation and discuss the details of handing over the Rafah border crossing to the Palestinian Unity Government.

Hamas is considered a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union, and Israel has said it would reject any reconciliation agreement in which Hamas didn't disarm.