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From the Times of Israel, earlier this week:

Hamas-Israel deal imminent,’ to the dismay of Palestinian factionsLong-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel would tear Gaza away from West Bank for good, claims Palestinian communist party official

mas is about to sign a “comprehensive” agreement with Israel for the lifting of an eight-year blockade placed on the Gaza Strip in return for a long-term ceasefire, a senior Turkish official said on Sunday.

But the agreement is facing domestic opposition from without, as Palestinian factions consider it a potential danger to the political unity of Gaza and the West Bank as stipulated by the Oslo Accords.

Now Ynet has this snippet:

PMO: Israel not holding direct or indirect talks with Hamas

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement Monday clarifying that Israel was not holding any kinds of meetings with Hamas, neither directly nor indirectly.

What is going on?

It is possible that the suggestion of talks in progress is simply trouble making by Palestinian factions to create aggravation for the PLO. It’s also possible there are ongoing talks, despite the denials. However, quite how Bibi might think he would get a deal approved by his coalition is more of a mystery. We will just have to wait and see.