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Fatah called on Hamas to take steps toward a unity government; Hamas rejected a deadline for reconciliation. Palestinian officials said they want to make changes to Secretary of State Kerry's plans for peace talks with Israel. Officials also said that Israel must meet a set of terms before the negotiations. The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem issued a statement of condolence to AQAP for the death of its deputy leader, Said al Shihri. Hamas urged Egyptian authorities to allow smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt to remain open.
Hamas said that war with Israel was unlikely to break out in the near future. Hamas announced the death of a member of the al Qassam Brigades who is also a nephew of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Hamas called on the Palestinian Authority not to push forward with negotiations with Israel.
Three Palestinians were arrested in possession of a variety of weapons in a West Bank village by Israeli authorities; the three admitted they were planning a terror attack. Israeli and Palestinian officials have been conducting "secret talks" related to the potential release of numerous Palestinians arrested prior to the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad resumed formal contact with Hamas, following a recent suspension of ties. Jordan's King Abdullah warned that Palestinians may launch an Arab Spring-style revolt. Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings with Gaza, which had been closed in response to recent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said he could make a surprise visit to the Gaza Strip at "any time." Palestinian Islamic Jihad called for the removal of Hamas' Interior Minister Fathi Hammad. Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk met with Hezbollah and Iranian officials during a recent visit to Lebanon.
An Army of Islam member died as a result of wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike in November 2010. Israeli media claimed President Abbas is prepared to resume talks with Israel for a short period. The Palestinian Authority denied the report, however.
Hamas' Interior Minister Hammad said the "destruction" of Israel will occur in "phases." Prime Minister Hamdallah's resignation was accepted by President Abbas. A commander in Palestinian Islamic Jihad's al Quds Brigades died as a result of wounds sustained following a recent altercation with Hamas forces in Gaza.