>> Inking a deal in Cairo, a decade long rift between two Palestinian factions becomes history. With one member of the delegation saying it was time to fold the page of division forever.>>
>> Hamas which controls Gaza and Fatah that runs the West Bank have reached a reconciliation agreement in Cairo.
They've been ruling separately since deadly clashes between the two groups broke out in 2007. Hamas has agreed to hand over control of the Gaza Strip by December 1st. And the Rafah Board a crossing with Egypt will be handed to Unity Government by the beginning of November. Reuter's middle Al-Magrudy is in Gaza.
>> This unity deal will allow President Mahmoud Abbas to gain more strength in his political standing in any upcoming or any potential new round of peace making with Israel.>> The deal could see the US plunged into an awkward legal bind, they deem Hamas a terrorist organization and therefore wouldn't be able to work with them.
> The head of the Hamas delegation also reiterated their hope of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. A sticking point Israel has refused to budge on in previous failed negotiations. Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation government. But despite that deal, Hamas' shadow government continued to rule Gaza.
The move to hand over power of the strip is a major reversal for them. Palestinian unity could boost the hand of the government in any revival of talks on a Palestinian state in Israeli-occupied territory. Internal Palestinian strife has been a major obstacle to peace-making. For Gaza's 2 million people, trapped by border blockades, facing a lack of electricity and infrastructure still shattered by wars, they'll be hoping this new chapter, is brighter than the last.