After nearly nine months since signing a reconciliation pact, Hamas and Fatah leaders finally signed a unity
agreement in Qatar on Monday. The agreement puts current PA President Mahmoud Abbas as head of an interim national consensus government to prepare for upcoming elections. Although the elections are scheduled to take place in May, the Palestinian election commission has expressed doubts that there will be enough time to prepare. Israeli PM Netanyahu gave his usual response on Palestinian unity efforts, saying
that Abbas must choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas. The agreement may also further endanger
American aid to the Palestinians as Congressional amendments forbid any aid going to Hamas.