US urges Palestinians to use deal to advance Mideast peace

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday urged Palestinians to ensure that a reconciliation deal between rival factions is implemented in a way that advances the prospect for peace with Israel rather than undermining it.
White House spokesman Jay Carney, speaking after the secular Fatah and Islamist Hamas groups signed an agreement to formally end a 4-year rift, told reporters that Washington was continuing to seek details about the nature of the accord. Israel has decried the deal as a blow to peace chances.