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The US Embassy in Israel instructed its staff to avoid the West Bank as a result of ongoing protests by Palestinians, which the Palestinian Authority has helped organize. A senior Hamas official called on Palestinians to kidnap Israeli citizens. Hamas requested a delay in a unity meeting with the rival Fatah faction.
Hamas said PA security forces detained eight of its members in the West Bank. The head of Hamas in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, told a delegation of Egyptian clerics that Egypt is "no longer a strategic ally of the Israeli enemy, but rather an ally to the Arab nation's resistance and steadfastness." Palestinians and Israeli security forces as well as Jewish residents clashed in the West Bank.
The Ahmed Abu Rish Brigades threatened to fire rockets at Israel if Palestinian hunger strikers are harmed. Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed throughout the West Bank. A senior Palestinian official said negotiations with Israel will resume only once a settlement freeze is instituted and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are released. The Salafi Nour Party called on Hamas to stop the torture of Salafi jihadists in its prisons.
Fatah officials slammed ongoing indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel. Hamas officials at first denied the negotiations were occurring, but have since admitted that negotiations on humanitarian issues are taking place. Salafi jihadists in Gaza said Hamas has arrested some of their members in recent days and tortured them. Hamas said six of its members were arrested by PA security forces in the West Bank.
Palestinian human rights groups slammed Hamas' recent decision to reduce the sentences of two Salafi jihadists charged with kidnapping and murdering an Italian national. A Hamas spokesman denounced the coalition deal between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
Former members of Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades asked the Palestinian Authority to raise their monthly pay of NIS 1,500. The number of Salafi jihadists from Gaza travellng to fight the Assad regime is on the rise. A Gaza court reduced the sentence of two Salafi jihadists convicted of kidnapping and murdering an Italian national.
Despite earlier denials, Hamas' Khalil al-Hayya confirmed that Hamas and Israel are engaged in indirect negotiations via Egyptian mediation. He said the negotiations are not "political negotiations" but merely related to the implementation of the ceasefire agreement that brought an end to Operation Pillar of Defense in November.
Hamas officials denied that they are engaged in indirect negotiations with Israel over potentially easing Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Hamas' Salah Bardawil, who was recently part of the Hamas delegation expelled from Bulgaria, claimed Israel was behind the Burgas terror attack last July, which the Bulgarian government says was carried out by Hezbollah.
Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo for unity talks have failed to reach a breakthrough in their discussions. One official involved in the discussions said the meetings "did not achieve anything." Hamas has already begun blaming Palestinian Authority President Abbas for the failure of the talks.
Palestinian security forces in the West Bank arrested more than 25 members of Hamas. The arrests follow Monday's raids by the Israeli army that also targeted Hamas members.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he was in talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over forming a national unity government. A Palestinian court sentenced a man to a year in jail for cursing President Abbas on Facebook.
Israeli forces in the West Bank arrested 25 members of Hamas, including three members of the Palestinian parliament. Sources said Israel planned to step up arrests to prevent a low-intensity conflict from turning into an uprising. Israeli intelligence said that three Islamic Jihad members arrested on Jan. 1 were planning to kidnap an Israeli soldier or civilian.