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Fatah: Hamas Favors Calm over Reconciliation

Fatah: Hamas Favors Calm over Reconciliation

Friday, 21 February, 2020 - 08:45
Head of Hamas delegation Saleh Arouri and Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Azzam al-Ahmad sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo, Egypt, on October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Fatah movement, which believes that Hamas prefers agreements with Israel over inter-Palestinian reconciliation, blasted on Thursday the rulers of the Gaza Strip.

Secretary of Fatah's Revolutionary Council Majed al-Fityani likened recent understandings between Gaza ruler Hamas and Israel to ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon episodes. 

He told Voice of Palestine radio that it is a repugnant game that started after Israel waged its destructive war through US backing.

Since then, there have been talks on calm in exchange for money and cheap bribes, or extending the fishing zone in Gaza, which come against the backdrop of strong efforts exerted by the Palestinian leadership to end the siege imposed on the Strip, said al-Fityani.

The purpose behind the understandings between Hamas and Israel is to maintain the division among Palestinians to serve the Zionist-US project, he warned.

While Fatah speaks about resisting Israel’s annexation and expansion plans, and putting mechanisms for unity, Hamas sticks to discussions with Israel on calm in Gaza, he said.

Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Azzam al-Ahmad also slammed Hamas for not reacting positively to a visit by a delegation of Palestinian factions to Gaza.

Hamas is hindering the arrival of PLO’s delegation to the territory despite the approval of the movement’s head of political bureau Ismail Haniyeh.

Fatah has said on several occasions that Hamas hasn’t approved a visit by the delegation to Gaza despite Hamas’ denial.

It was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ idea for a delegation to visit Gaza to end the division. He agreed on the matter with Haniyeh during a phone conversation after US President Donald Trump announced his peace plan last month.

The Palestinian leadership was mulling for Abbas to head to Gaza. Yet, Ahmad clarified that the president’s visit to the territory is off the table.

He said Abbas shouldn’t visit Gaza before the division is over.

The Fatah-Hamas dispute goes back to 2007 when Hamas seized the Gaza Strip.

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