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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.
Rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas have agreed to renew efforts to implement a unity deal. Hamas ousted Fatah from Gaza during clashes in 2007; the two groups signed an accord in 2011 but it was not implemented.
President Abbas ordered the government in the West Bank to be renamed from the "Palestinian Authority" to "State of Palestine." Abbas also warned that the government was is in "extreme jeopard"' because of an unprecedented financial crisis.
Fatah held a large rally in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza. This is the first such rally since Hamas took control of the area in 2007. The name of the Palestinian Authority was officially changed to "State of Palestine."