File photo of Palestinian President Abbas waving after his meeting with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) waves after his meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (L) in Gaza in this April 5, 2007 file picture.
Abbas’s Fatah group has inked a deal with bitter rival Hamas to end their long-running feud and form an interim government ahead of elections this year, officials said on April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/Files (GAZA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)