They said they would unite, largely out of necessity, but can they really pull it off?
Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas voiced conflicting views on Wednesday on unity government policies central to resumption of international aid to the Palestinian Authority.Doubtful.
The governing Hamas movement said in a statement its agreement to form a coalition with Abbas's Fatah faction should not be seen as a softening in the Islamic group's position toward Israel.
"Hamas does not and will not recognize the occupation and will not accept any government agenda that may imply a recognition of the occupation," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, using the Islamic group's term for the Jewish state.
His comments seemed to challenge remarks Abbas made earlier to reporters in which the moderate leader said that under his deal with Hamas, a unity government "will respect the agreements (Israel) signed with the PLO."
Abbas was referring to interim peace accords that Hamas, which advocates Israel's destruction, has long rejected.