Report: Fatah, Hamas reach understandings

Palestinian official claims factions make headway on reconciliation agreement; says ‘sides agree that next government will be seated in Gaza’

Elior Levy

A Palestinian source said that preliminary meetings between Hamas and Fatah officials have led to mutual understandings between the sides, Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam reported on Saturday.

 

According to the source, the understandings will be officially published after a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal, scheduled to take place in Cairo next week.

 

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The two are slated to discuss the implementation of the inter-Palestinian reconciliation agreement, as well as the Parliamentary and presidential elections.

 

Meanwhile, Ahmed Youssef, the former political adviser of Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh, noted that the two sides have agreed that the next Palestinian government will be based in Gaza, adding that the next prime minister may also be a resident of the Strip.

 
ארכיון. חגיגות הפיוס בעזה (צילום: EPA)

Reconciliation celebrations in Gaza (Archive photo: EPA)

 

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad commented on the tension between the factions, writing in his Facebook page that he will not force himself upon the Palestinian people.

 

Fayyad has called on the Palestinian factions to reach an agreement over the appointment of a new prime minister. Hamas fiercely objects to having Fayyad serve in the transition government.

 

 

Last month, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said that hs faction has reached an agreement with Hamas to hold the parliamentary elections in the upcoming month of May.

 

 

If the step materializes, it will mark the end of a four-year-long feud between the Palestinian factions.