CAIRO – Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday
proclaimed a landmark reconciliation pact aimed at ending their bitter
four-year rift that has left them divided between separate governments
in the territories envisioned for a future Palestinian state.
The alliance set off ecstatic celebrations in the
Palestinian territories. But Israel's leader called the presence of
Hamas in the government a "big prize for terrorism," while Mideast envoy
Tony Blair said the Palestinians would have to take a moderate stance
toward Israel or risk international isolation.
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