It seems hardly likely that Hamas has come to a compromise over its core aims and mission, at least not in the long term. At best they are short term commitments in order to stave off potential uprisings in Gaza following those going on elsewhere in the region. While the PA edge closer to drumming up support, claiming 130 countires will vote in favour of a Palestinian state at the UN, the people in Gaza must surely be wondering what that could mean for them and they would be turning to its Hamas leaders for answers. Were Hamas to reply they are not a part of it would surely spark protests amongst what is already a highly pressurised situation of poor living conditions compared to the economic progress that has been made in Abbas's controlled areas in the West Bank.
The reaction from Israel to this reconciliation, as stated previously, is one of warning of choosing between peace with Israel or peace with the terrorist organisation that is Hamas, as it could not have both. The PA has responded with its own warning that Israel must choose between peace with the PA, Hamas and the unified Palestinian people or settlements. Bibi's response to this was:
Abbas has to choose whether he wants peace with Israel, or peace with Hamas,” the official said. “He can’t have both. If he chooses peace with Hamas it will bury the peace process.
How this new reconciliation will pan out in practice is yet to be seen. For all intent and purposes for the time being it could be no more than a simple ruse to drum up support to compliment Abbas's diplomatic tour. Read more...