A senior negotiator for the Palestine Authority indicated that Fatah was no longer insisting its rival Hamas must abandon control over Gaza as a price for reconciliation. Nabil Shaath, head of a Fatah delegation in Cairo for talks with Egyptian mediators said President Abbas was taking a more flexible position on the issue of who controls Gaza. “We are not asking for this(the reversal of the Hamas coup in Gaza). We are not asking anybody to apologize. We are not asking to go back to where we were. We want to go forward, not backward.”
Perhaps, President Abbas is moving toward agreeing with the Egyptian proposal for a ‘national consensus” government as the best way to engage with Israel discussions. The Egyptian proposal would integrate all armed forces into one body. However, there has yet to be confirmation from the Abbas headquarters that he agrees with such proposals for reconciliation.