An agreement penned in Cairo last week as well as a pivotal prisoner swap deal brokered on Sunday have paved the way for Hamas to enter a remodeled Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The more moderate Fatah faction, meanwhile, is expected to lose influence. Israel’s sharp condemnation of the reconciliation efforts suggest that peace talks will be less likely should the rapprochement occur and that hostilities between Israel and the PLO will be revived.
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