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Hamas PM calls for unified Palestinian government with PA
Published Thursday 19/12/2013 (updated) 21/12/2013 12:12
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip, invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to a meeting to discuss the formation of a unity government.

In a speech he delivered to the al-Quds Scientific Conference in Gaza City, Haniyeh said it is necessary to discuss the political agenda of the hoped-for unity government, in line with a reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo in 2012.

Haniyeh stressed that the agenda of the unity government should be to protect Palestinian resistance and nonnegotiable principals, and to implement ideas that would help both Gaza and the West Bank.

Disagreement between Palestinians encourages the Israeli occupation to continue, Haniyeh said, adding that Palestinian rivalry should come to an end and be replaced by national unity and reconciliation.

"The only battle our people should fight is against occupation," Haniyeh said. "We should not be fighting any battles against Egypt or Ramallah or others."

Consensus on a joint political agenda is necessary to organize the work of all Palestinian nationalistic and Islamic forces, he added.

Hamas spokeswoman Isra Mudallal told Ma'an that Abbas has not yet agreed or refused to form a unity government with Hamas.

"The pressure is on the Palestinian Authority," Mudallal said. "Haniyeh has been calling for an agreement."

The two main rival Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas have been on cold terms since 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between the two parties, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank.
1 ) Mel / USA
19/12/2013 16:25
It's always good to hear factions calling for national UNITY.All factions(especially radical Zionism)know that factional Palestine is a FRACTURED body,which makes Israel stronger to ethnically cleanse,persecute non-Jews.All factions have been rewarded,in TOKEN form,for that division.But it's temporary benefit only,for a FEW,while PALESTINE loses ALL!We need to see ALL factions,standing up together now & pledging NATIONAL UNITY,for a pre-67borders,self-determined,contiguous,Palestine!Nothing less

2 ) Robby / USA
19/12/2013 17:11
Could this be a sign of desperation for HAMAS?

3 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
19/12/2013 17:16
Good for them. This "peace" agreement will last uh well about maybe three, no, about two weeks. Pretty good start. Hurrah!

4 ) Outlier / USA
19/12/2013 19:02
Takes two to tango. Perhaps if Hamas recognized Israel's right to exist and the PA's efforts to forge peace, this unity push will have a chance.

5 ) Mel's Mom / USA
19/12/2013 19:16
Persecuted in Israel, you do write a load of bollocks. Christians in Israel are the only community living among Muslims that are actually thriving and growing in number. Compare that to those struggling Christian communities in Malaysia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Have you ever tried praying openly in an organised church in Saudi Arabia?

6 ) Not Very / Smart
19/12/2013 19:48
It is ver funny - Hamas invites Fatah to meet and "discuss nonnegotiable principles". What a morons.

7 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
19/12/2013 20:40
Three things that is wrong with the PM statement. You don’t necessary fight occupation, you end occupation with whatever means possible because fighting does not guarantee you success. Second, don’t mix religion with national interests. This is a recipe for disaster. Third, Say it as you mean it.

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
19/12/2013 20:45
Hamas is obviously running scared.

9 ) @ Mel-1 / USA too
19/12/2013 21:55
Even if such fantasies were really possible:
- Neither a "reconciliation agreement,"
- Nor a "unified Palestinian government,"
- Nor "standing up together now & pledging" anything
will have any effect of Israel's policies, regarding your
fantasy of a "pre-67borders, contiguous, Palestine" !!!

However, "self-determination" is something that Palestinians already have,
in Gaza, Ramallah, etc., and mostly likely they will have "Nothing" More !!

10 ) Arnold / Canada
19/12/2013 23:09
Mel , Mel , Mel , you seem to have hit the nail on the head. Palestine is fractured by division and dislike is rampant in each division. But that is not just in Palestine . Divisions are everywhere within the Arab states. If Israel was to disappear off the face of the earth tomorrow morning the Arab world would celebrate the whole week-end but on Monday morning they would still be in the same miserable rut.

11 ) Tibi / Tubas
20/12/2013 00:29
-1- Hamas can no more surrender to PLO's demands, than the PLO can surrender to the State of Israel's demands, so a "unified Palestinian government" will never happen, and -2- Even if a seemingly impossible unity should happen, Israel will continue with settlements expansions, since a unified Hamas-PLO government is even less likely to reach a Peace/Statehood agreement with a Jewish State, and -3- The possibility of creating Palestine will fade from reality, and a Non-State will remain.

12 ) Johnny benson / USA
20/12/2013 01:29
Mel...what are you smoking?...a pre.67 border..self.determined ,contiguous,Palestine...are you kidding?...that will never happen...never ever...period...the best you guys should hope for,is to be in charge of Jordan..change the name to Palestine...un.armed...that's it..lucky to get that...

13 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
20/12/2013 09:19
Now that Fatah is actually making progress, or so it seems, Hamas wants in. But Hamas is desperate. Look at its administration of Gaza. Hamas should be removed.

14 ) Abdullah Abd Al Karim / KSA
20/12/2013 12:29
..."Disagreement between Palestinians encourages the Israeli occupation to continue...Palestinian rivalry should come to an end and be replaced by national unity and reconciliation. The only battle our people should fight is against occupation," Haniyeh said. "We should not be fighting any battles against Egypt or Ramallah or others-.."... - VERY WELL SAID P.M. Ismael Haniya, may Allah ease the path of the Palestinian people (Ya Rabbi sahil al tariq), & bravo Mel (we always enjoy your posts:).

15 ) Dick Reilly / USA
20/12/2013 17:50
Here's a question that Ma'an might want to pose in a public opinion poll. Should a new Palestinian unity government continue the present security cooperation with Israel? Yes or No? Let the people speak.

16 ) Outlier / USA
20/12/2013 18:24
It takes two to tango. Hamas' recognizing Israel's right to exist and the PA's efforts to negotiate peace would aid in reconciliation.

17 ) Dick Reilly / USA
20/12/2013 19:14
A suggestion for a new online public opinion poll for Ma'an news agency, in light of of the latest proposal from Hamas for a Palestinian unity government and the killings carried out by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza in the past 72 hours. "Should a new Palestinian national unity government continue the present security cooperation with Israel? Yes or No? Let the Palestinian people have a voice.

18 ) Michael Collins / EiRA
20/12/2013 22:38
@12) - Johnny Benson, always the arbiter of 'good news'; you can't wait to bring Palestinians down judging by your usual demeaning tone. 'Lucky Palestinians', lucky to be at the mercy of the occupation, lucky to be kicked by the boot of the US & lucky to get the crumbs that fall off the table. It's not Mel smoking, its you. One day Palestine will be free, then we'll see what you have to say then. World attitudes are changing, BDS thrives, people are becoming aware of the truth, Viva Palestine!

19 ) dan / netherlands
21/12/2013 10:35
Hams had run out of money because they put all there eggs with Morsi. So they want now unity, Abbas is a lot of things but he is not stupid. The only reason to keep Hamas alive is not to let even worse groups rule gaza, same reason that most prefer Assad staying in power. There is no good or bad, there is only bad or worse ...
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