Hamas/Fatah Settlement: Maintain the Cheers
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Residence – Stephen Lendman)
Quite a few earlier Hamas/Fatah reconciliation agreements failed after being introduced. Will this one fare higher? Unlikely given robust unresolved points.
On Thursday, Hamas chief Ismail Haniya issued a short assertion, saying “(a)n settlement was reached immediately between Hamas and Fatah beneath Egyptian sponsorship” – with no additional elaboration.
Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Eita mentioned particulars can be introduced afterward Thursday throughout a press convention.
Each teams started assembly in Cairo on Tuesday – following talks in Gaza. Reportedly Hamas agreed to let the Palestinian Authority (PA) management Gaza’s Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
Talks will proceed on trying to type Palestinian unity governance. Each side have been hostile to one another for the previous decade.
Hamas’ army wing stays essentially the most contentious situation. PA calls for for disbanding it are unacceptable. So is insisting Hamas sever ties with Iran.
These points and others are seemingly deal-breakers. Israel will not settle for unity governance except these calls for are met, not going.
Settlement to this point was reached on integrating Hamas officers into PA ministries, rebuilding Gaza’s police system and managing its border crossings – comparatively simpler points in comparison with a lot more durable ones remaining unresolved.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem mentioned “(t)he subsequent section of reconciliation can be a gathering of representatives of all of the Palestinian factions in Cairo to debate the main nationwide points – similar to Hamas’ army wing, the difficulty of weapons and political positions.”
That is when the going will get robust. One other main situation is ending Israel’s unlawful blockade – imposed for political causes, not safety ones. Ending the struggling of Gazans is prime.
Earlier Hamas agreed to let the PA administratively management the Strip. Different key points are Palestinian elections, safety, the justice system and way forward for the PLO.
Final week, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem mentioned the way forward for the group’s army wing is non-negotiable, stressing:
“The resistance’s weapons are authorized. They’re right here to guard Palestinians and free their lands (from Israeli occupation). Subsequently, this shouldn’t be a problem to debate.”
Necessary to debate is the “enhancement” of Hamas energy as an armed resistance motion, he harassed. Its management condemned PA complicity with Israel on safety points, implementing occupation harshness Palestinians need ended.
Abbas made unacceptable calls for. He will not settle for continuation of Hamas’ army wing. He mentioned reconciliation will not occur except the PA “guidelines the Gaza Strip simply because it does the West Financial institution.”
Hamas will not disarm or function Israel’s enforcer. Reconciliation resolving all robust points will not seemingly occur.
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