NEGOTIATION COLLAPSE The Israeli-Palestinian negotiating process collapsed after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah signed a unity pact in Gaza City with its militant rival Hamas on April 23 (above). Israel suspended the talks a day later, saying it would not negotiate with a Palestinian leadership supported by the Islamist terror group. A nine-month negotiating period brokered by the US was due to end April 29, and US President Barack Obama said there might be a pause in US efforts.

THE BIG IF If Hamas recognizes Israel, then Israel could resume talking to the Palestinians, both Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on April 27. At the same time, if Hamas accepts the Quartet’s (UN, US, EU and Russia) terms – recognizing Israel, rejecting terror and acknowledging previous agreements – “it won’t be Hamas anymore. But today we don’t see that happening,” Lapid said.

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