The first topic of discussion was the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, including an interview with Fatah spokesman Ahmed Asaf, who suggested that “all options are open”. The discussion revolved around next Tuesday’s summit between Fatah’s Abu Mazen and Hamas’ Khaled Mashal in Cairo, when the composition of a new Palestinian unity government is to be decided upon.
The second topic concerned the Tawhihi exams, which began today in the region; Mr. Samir Jabreil, the head of Palestinian education in Jerusalem, explained that 3,900 students are expected to take the exam, and so far, the process has gone without a hitch.
The third subject was article published in Ha’aretz claiming that Prime Minister Netanyahu has put a new condition on the peace process; that Abu Mazen must accept Israel as a Jewish state before any agreements can be made. Ofeer Gendelman, the spokesman for the Prime Minister, denied this, arguing that any peace agreement will be made bilaterally.