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Palestinian officials denied the existence of a secret backchannel between Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite Russian officials saying Arafat died of natural causes, Palestinian officials said they would still pursue their probe into his death. Fatah called on Hamas to disengage from the Muslim Brotherhood, following the Brotherhood's terror designation in Egypt.
A rocket fired by Palestinian militants struck in southern Israel, and an Israeli police officer was stabbed near Ramallah. A senior Hamas official said that it is only a matter of time before the start of the third Intifada. Two people were injured by an explosion at a military site in Gaza.
Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh invited Mahmoud Abbas to a meeting to discuss the formation of a unity government. Abbas reportedly sent President Obama a personal letter noting his displeasure with the current status of negotiations with Israel. In response to recent Israeli raids in the West Bank, Palestinian Islamic Jihad warned that its fighters would not stand idly by.
The lead Palestinian negotiators said talks with Israel could continue past April if a framework agreement is put in place. Unidentified gunmen fired towards the office of Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs Mahmoud al Habash. Hamas officials denied charges that they conspired with former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.
Hamas is allowing Salafi jihadists in Gaza to conduct non-military activities in Gaza. According to a Salafi jihadist source, a reconciliation agreement with Hamas is not finalized, but "taking shape." Hamas has purportedly expressed interest in joining a unity government with Fatah to prepare for currently unscheduled elections.
Hamas accused Palestinian Authority security forces of continuing to arrest its supporters in the West Bank. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly rejected a security proposal offered by Secretary of State Kerry. As part of ongoing negotiations with Israel, another batch of Palestinian prisoners will be released by the end of the month.
Palestinians expressed concern that honor killings are on the rise. An EU audit found that the European body is paying thousands of civil servants in Gaza who are not actually working. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke with Russia's foreign minister. Secretary of State Kerry will present to Palestinian and Israeli officials a framework agreement in the coming days.
French experts ruled out the possibility that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that if negotiations with Israel fail, the Palestinians will return to the UN. Hamas again denied allegations that it was harboring Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Gaza. The Ibn Taymiyyah Media Center issued a statement denouncing recent arrests of Salafists in the West Bank by PA security forces.