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Hamas proposes steps for national reconciliation
Published Thursday 30/01/2014 (updated) 14/02/2014 13:08
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-run government in Gaza has proposed steps to move forward with national reconciliation, the adviser to Gaza's prime minister said Thursday.

Issam al-Daalees said in a news conference that the first important step would be to hold union and university elections in which all Palestinians would participate.

Another step would be to reform all local governments in Gaza, al-Daalees said.

Also at the news conference, he said the government would form committees to solve Gaza's electricity crisis, and form other committees against negotiations with Israel.

The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.
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1 ) Said El-Said / Switzerland
30/01/2014 21:53
Elections? What about millions of Palestinians in diaspora? No voice as usual?

2 ) Peace / Now
30/01/2014 23:30
Hamas should not be allowed to participate in any elections before they disarm and renounce vigilance. Elections are for political parties which fight at the ballot box, but not for terrorist organizations which launch anti-tank missiles into school buses. If Mahmud Abbas allows Hamas to participate in any level elections before they disarm and renounce vigilance, him and his PA should be de-funded and shun by Israel and US.

3 ) Arnold / Canada
31/01/2014 00:04
The DEMOCRATIC Palestinian legislative elections took place in 2006. By my calculations that means that Hamas has been in power for close to eight years. Please tell me which Democracy anywhere in the world does not have laws on the books to call new elections much sooner than 8 years. Four ( 4 ) years is pushing it. 8 years is akin to a dictatorship.

4 ) spb / usa
31/01/2014 01:35
great, do it

5 ) Nur / Tunisia
31/01/2014 01:39
#1 - Said El - Said, you know what happened the last time there were elections in Gaza. Bit by bit, at least if they start small, the international community won't go into overdrive straight away.

6 ) Not Unions Or Committees / One, Or The Other
31/01/2014 02:50
Hamas pretends at reconciling, and Fatah pretends at negotiating, but There is really only one way to reconcile, and the First Step involves deciding which will become like the other, where either: * HAMAS MUST GIVE-UP THE "GUN", and accept negotiations, compromise, and eventual peace with Israel, as a Jewish state, or * Fatah must Take-up the "Gun", and in returning to it's terrorist ways, accept death, exile as before, or a naval blockade like Gaza !!

7 ) Jazeel / USA
31/01/2014 03:04
Local governments don't need any reforms. It is Hamas which should be reformed and request that all Hamas members world-wide come and live in Gaza.

8 ) Yousef / USA
31/01/2014 07:24
University elections? Union elections? hahaha, sounds like Hamas is scared of REAL elections for Parliament and Presidency. There is only one true way to end the split. Call for elections, parliament and presidential, all parties respect the results and wont cave to pressure by US/Iran or anyone! Hamas is the problem in Gaza, and they know it, they know they need to move on or get kicked out...the clock is ticking, the People are the REVOLUTION!

9 ) wayne / NZ
08/02/2014 23:48
@2 , if terrorist should not be taking part in elections then Israel should stop having them, renounce violence, disarm, give back the land its stolen, Israel kill, and terrorize on a daily basis. And have done since 1947 Hamas armed struggle has been only going 25 years roll on April, then its off to the ICC.

10 ) Monica Minge / USA
13/02/2014 18:04
@2 No, no, no, you are wrong with your dates. Israel has been defending the land of Israel since 3,000 BCE.
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