Israel Responds to Rocket Fire Shot From the Gaza Strip, Blames Hamas

Members of the Izz ad Din al-Qassam Brigades the military wing of the Palestinian terror group Hamas at a rally to mark Land Day near the Israeli border with east Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip

Tuesday's meeting is in response to an invitation earlier this month from Khaled Fawzy, Egypt's intelligence chief and special presidential envoy.

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"As the rocket fire endangered Israeli citizens and violated Israeli sovereignty, a tank targeted and destroyed a Hamas observation point in the southern Gaza Strip", the English-language statement said.

Hamas has sculpted itself as the only legitimate resistance to Israel's ongoing occupation.

The rocket set off sirens throughout southern Israel, but fell short and landed in Palestinian territory. "The government has assumed its responsibilities in Gaza and therefore delay is not justified", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

Left-wing journalist Amira Hass saw reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah as good for Israel as Gaza's woes, if uncontained, would likely affect Israel. "Hamas want to open this file and discuss it", he added.

Speaking to Anadolu, the prominent Hamas leader in West Bank Hassan Yousef said that three Hamas officials might travel to Cairo to take part in the reconciliation talks if Israel, which controls the crossings, allows them to leave. "Therefore, this should not be an issue to discuss". Egypt has been pressuring Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to reach a rapprochement. "It is hard to imagine Hamas giving up its weapons for the sake of reconciliation", he told Al Jazeera.

Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian political parties, split violently in 2007.

Other commentators said Hamas has fooled Fatah and Egypt.

Baraka referred that Hamas abdicated the presidency of the Palestinian Unity Government to reinforce the position of the Palestinian authority, for upcoming negotiations with the United States over peace with Israel. Meanwhile, the U.S. helped train and build up the Presidential Guard, armed forces loyal to Abbas.

Hamas has arrested a number of Salafist and ISIS-linked figures.

A fragile ceasefire has been observed along the largely closed border since the most recent war in 2014.

Asked about the impact Abbas' new conditions will have on the reconciliation process, political analyst Jehad Harb of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research told Al-Monitor, "There are no red lines in politics".

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