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Haniyeh: Door still open for reconciliation
Published Tuesday 16/11/2010 (updated) 18/11/2010 11:07
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Despite the wind-down that followed the end to the latest round of unity talks, "the door is still open for reconciliation," Gaza's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said during his Eid speech in Gaza City.

The announcement came the day after Palestinian factions rejected an American proposal for a 90-day Israeli extension to a settlement moratorium excluding East Jerusalem, reportedly in exchange for a US veto over UN recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN, and the provision of 20 new fighter jets to the Israeli airforce.

Haniyeh said he would continue to "adhere to an end to division," despite his disavowal of the relationship between the Fatah-lead Palestinian Authority's relationship with the United States. The Hamas leader has accused Fatah of bowing to American influence over the reconciliation issue. The United States put Hamas on its list of terrorist organizations in 2005, the year before it was elected to power in the West Bank and Gaza.

"Some are depending on the will of the Americans," Haniyeh told tens of thousands gathered in the Gaza City Stadium for the Eid prayer, explaining that Hamas preferred to rely on "unity and reconciliation with our land and our nation," for an ultimate solution to the struggle or a Palestinian state.

While "it is true that there are political differences in the Palestinian arena, the only enemy is the occupation," the official continued.

Haniyeh stressed the strength of Palestine as a member of the "Arab and Islamic nations," and appeared to brush off the prospect of a strengthened Israeli airforce through the American-Israel deal for a return to negotiations, saying "our enemy is small, no matter how many weapons the Americans give them, they will remain an isolated entity geographically and historically. This land is ours, Jerusalem is ours."
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1 ) Pkain / Truth
16/11/2010 14:20

How can Hamas reject something that is NOT even offered to them ??
Maybe they should rejet Christman too!!!!

The PA needs to start acting like leaders and thinking for themselves !!!

Hamas ministers may choose for Gaza children to growing under
occupation, and without a future, but it can be different for PA lands !!


2 ) Nour / One-State
16/11/2010 14:21
Hanniyeh knows that he has leverage to enable and execute immediate unity and a resolution to all Hamas-Fatah disputes. However, his failure, and that of Fatah, to produce and enforce an honorable unity arrangement proves they are both insincere. Heck, him and Fatah are criminals for perpetuating this grotesque situation which agonizes and shames Palestinians everywhere. Hamas and Fatah are both responsible for the situation and are afraid of elections.

3 ) BIG MIKE / US
16/11/2010 15:23
The PA Authority wants financial aid and promise from US to intervene in direct negotiations to reach a peace agreement within one year.
IS THIS ALL THE PALS WANT IS MORE MONEY ?
CAN AN AGREEMENT BE BOUGHT?
OR IS IT ANOTHER SELL OUT OF THE PALS BY THEIR LEADERSHIP?
and can US be trusted to intervene without bias ?

A LOT OF ILLIGAL BUILDING CAN BE DONE IN 12 MONTHS !!!

4 ) Plain / Truth
16/11/2010 16:37
Nour-2,

HAMAS' only "LEVERAGE " IS THE GUN, and they already USED IT,
TO take control of Gaza & MURDER FATAH PEOPLE !!!!!

And, even if there was the miracle of Arab UNITY , it WOULD
NOT LEAD TO PEACE OR A STATE, WITHOUT COMPROMISE !!!!


5 ) Outsider / EU
16/11/2010 18:03
If Fatah and Hamas cannot agree to this degree - and it's an extreme failure for their voters - let elections decide, and the world should abide by the results. Excluding Hamas has achieved nothing. They can complain and snipe from the sidelines. It's probably better to give them power and see if they have the necessary skills to manage the relationship with Israel first in the interests of the Palestinian people and then the other countries supporting the nascent Palestinian state.

6 ) Hakimi / Magreb
16/11/2010 18:27
Must there always be an enemy?

7 ) Nour / One-State
16/11/2010 18:58
#4 Truth Corrupter, mind telling me what kind of "historical compromise" "Israel" has ever given or prepared to give in the future? You keep calling for Arab compromise, you lecture on this left and right, but never once did you enlighten us with "Israel"s charitable "compromise" and dont you dare say Gaza. For one it never belonged to you and two it's still totally blockaded (air, water, and land).

8 ) Hans Jorgenson / Sweden
16/11/2010 23:12
Without a complete reconcilliation between Hamas & Fatah,how can it be the two groups,can even live in peace with each other,never mind Israel. Maybe they should be talking about 3 states,one for each entity.

9 ) Horus Zakkadamun / Egypt
17/11/2010 03:56
@Hakimi Magreb= Yes, with Israel around. The American proposals are hideous and defy logic and also contradict their claims for supporting Palestinian state. And Mr. Haniyeh is exactly right; the occupation is the biggest threat to peace & to the Palestinian people. It continues still today- even after numerous U.N. mandated ceasefires, Israel continues acts of violence against innocent Palestinians & continues military aggression/intimidation. Israel is still wrong and everybody knows it.

10 ) Phil / UK
17/11/2010 13:41
#7) Israel's biggest charitable compromise/mistake was allowing any of you to stay after your attack in 1948.

11 ) nour / ten-states
17/11/2010 14:29
Horse #9, so far egypt keeps toe to toe with israel fighting baleztinians terror

12 ) Plain / Truth
17/11/2010 15:56
Nour-7,

Regard your question: "what kind of "historical compromise" "Israel" has ever given", you must know that

ISRAEL ACCEPTED UN RESOLUTION #181, IN 1948, EVEN THOUGH
ESSENTIALLY ALL THE HEBREW HERITAGE SITES, WERE GIVEN
TO THE ARAB STATE !!!

That was until the joint Arab invasion of 1948, and numerous
subsequent invasions (1967 & 1973), incursions, terror, rockets,
and continued refusal to accept a Jewish state (1948-2010),
require Israel to defend, survive, AND OCCUPY!!

13 ) Plain / Truth
17/11/2010 16:06
Hans-8,
You're probably correct, though only "talking about 3 states" may NOT be enough, since Area C divides the West Bank into at least 2 parts !!

Horus-9,
If the Pals continue to elect people, that hate Jews enough,
to never compromise, like yourself and Mr Haniyeh,
the seeds they sow will alway bear OCCUPATION !!!


14 ) Christopher / USA
17/11/2010 21:59
Plain / Truth, Israel razed HUNDREDS of Palestinian villages, conquered over 70% of Palestine by bloodshed, drove half the native population into refugee status and that's your idea of Israel "accepting" UN 181?!
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