Palestinian parties meet to settle disputes

05 October, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • MAHMUD HAMS

While administrative control will be handed over, the Hamas government will retain authority over security, a factor that political analysts say is likely to result in the failure of the unity government.

"The only way to statehood is through unity", Hamdallah said on Monday before a meeting with Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Yehiyeh Sinwar.

On Tuesday, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held a cabinet meeting in Gaza announcing the end of the hostilities between the two rival Palestinian factions. One of the major issues will be merging government institutions in Gaza and the West Bank.

Hamas security officials were on the roof of the building, while Palestinian Authority agents were deployed inside, an AFP correspondent reported.

"The Egyptians are going to try to make sure the parties get down to the dirty details", Odeh said.

Although the reconciliation talks are viewed as a positive step towards Palestinian unity, they have already experienced their first sign of trouble. The squabbling palestinian are considered as one of the obstacles to a settlement of the israeli-palestinian conflict and one of the causes of the despair of the two million Gazans crammed on their land jammed between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean. Hamas with its new charter has stated its willingness to be a part of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to fight for liberation by accepting the statehood with 1967 borders and supporting the non-violent resistance with the right of recourse to armed resistance in self-defence.

Fatah and Hamas have attempted reconciliation several times in the past, even forming a united government in 2014, but it quickly disbanded.

"We are not prepared to accept bogus reconciliations in which the Palestinian side apparently reconciles at the expense of our existence", Netanyahu said.

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However Hamas has refused Mr Abbas's demand to disarm its military wing. "We want to be one state, with one governing body, with one law, and one military body".

"We will not not agree to the Hezbollah [the political party and militant group based in Lebanon] model".

Officials in Ramallah welcomed Hamas' announcement.

The United States appears to share this view.

Gaza and the West Bank are supposed to form a future independent state but internationally recognised president Mahmud Abbas, long the negotiating partner for Israel, has been undermined by Hamas' control of Gaza.

"This is essential for resolving the humanitarian situation as soon as possible, most notably the crippling electricity and health crises", he said in a statement. The country has also tried to restart peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

"We will undertake our responsibilities in administrating the affairs of all sectors of the southern provinces in consensus and complete partnership with the Palestinian factions and forces", jerusaleum Post quoted Hamdallah as saying during the cabinet meeting.

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