Hamas, Fatah Reach Agreement to End Rift

Nearly four years after Hamas and Fatah’s unity government ended with a bloody conflict, the two sides have reached an agreement to end their rift. Egypt mediated the talks, which will create a caretaker government including both sides and begin the process of calling presidential and legislative elections in one year. Thorny questions about security forces remain. Since the civil war, the Islamist Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip, while Fatah, a more secular force, has controlled the West Bank.