The Palestinian get-together

The first thing that Hamas have won is an end to the peace talks; a development they rejected from the outset.

Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L), shakes hands with head of the Hamas govt Ismail Haniyeh
Photo by: REUTERS
The recently announced Fatah-Hamas reconciliation brings to mind the notorious Hitler-Stalin pact of 1939; a totally cynical alliance of sworn enemies, conceived in the temporary self-interest of the two parties without any regard for principle, and destined to be torn asunder within two years.

What did each of the parties hope to gain from this Fatah-Hamas get-together?

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