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Hamas rejects reconciliation deadline
Published Wednesday 17/07/2013 (updated) 20/07/2013 12:20
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Wednesday rejected Fatah's deadline for reconciliation and criticized its rival's "selectivity" in implementing national unity.

On Tuesday, Fatah official Mohammad Shtayyeh said Aug. 14 was Hamas' "last chance" for reconciliation. Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas is set to reform the Palestinian Authority government on Aug. 14, following the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in June.

Yousef Rizqa, the political adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, swiftly dismissed the deadline.

"Shtayyeh's statements on reconciliation are worthless," Rizqa told Ma'an.

Rizqa said there had been no communication between the leaders of Hamas and Fatah, noting that Abbas is "busy in meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry" and has not been available to discuss national unity.

At a meeting in Cairo on May 14, Fatah and Hamas agreed on a three-month deadline for establishing a unity government of technocrats and setting an elections date.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Fatah had not met its obligations in the latest reconciliation deal.

"August 14 is meaningless unless Fatah takes the initiative and really commits to doing its part in all the files," Abu Zuhri said.

Abbas dissolved the last unity government in June 2007. Since then, Fatah has dominated the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas has led a separate government in Gaza.

Repeated rounds of talks and reconciliation agreements have failed to reunite the Palestinians under a single government.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
17/07/2013 18:33
For the life of me I do not know why Hamas and Fatah need to reconcile. If they reconcile into one political party to govern Palestine then who is the loyal opposition ? Islamic Jihad ? As it stands now there are two political parties with different mindsets and agendas for the State. Have an election and let the people choose. If Hamas rules then Fatah is the opposition and vice versa. That is how a democracy is meant to work. But both are afraid to give up what they have. So no new elections.

2 ) How can you make peace with / THE JEWS
17/07/2013 18:34
WHEN YOU CANNOT MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR BROTHERS?

3 ) ABE / USA
17/07/2013 19:25
Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity!!

4 ) Outlier / USA
17/07/2013 20:13
Rather than try to push these losers into positions they cannot support, best to move forward without them. When Hamas and Gaza are completely isolated and West Bank progress towards peace with Israel begins to gain momentum, they will BEG for reconciliation.

5 ) alquds / guy
17/07/2013 22:35
Abbas is "busy in meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry" and has not been available to discuss national unity??????????????????????

6 ) Sameerah / USA
18/07/2013 15:19
The main problem here is hamas and the radical islamists. These muslim extremists are what is causing problems, blood shed, and no peace. Palestine will never move forward or progress as long as these idiots from hamas are ruling Gaza.

7 ) Mel / USA
18/07/2013 18:57
"Abbas...busy in meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry"...has not been available to discuss national unity."Well put!Certainly Abbas' time spent with Kerry is to discuss "good Arab" token power in POW camp W/B, as he wasn't elected by Palestine & Kerry colludes still with Israel's colonial'Divide &Rule'policy by NOT talking to Hamas himself!But,Hamas must always be available with OPEN HOUSE,to NATIONAL UNITY TALKS,with their bro's/cousins in Fatah,PLO,PA ¬ B "selective"2!

8 ) Outsider / EU
19/07/2013 10:15
4) I'd love to agree with you, but the West Bank has already made huge progress towards peace. This hasn't stopped the settlement construction or price tag campaign. Put in other words, Abbas has nothing to really show for outlawing the paramilitaries in the West Bank. Hamas are laughing at him.
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