Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh has taken several core decisions regarding the rival Fatah movement, paving the way for Palestinian national reconciliation. In a press conference held on Monday, Mr Haniyeh pardoned all Fatah members who fled the Gaza Strip in the wake of the clashes with Hamas in 2007. He excluded "a very few" of them from the pardon, mainly because their court files were incomplete.
The prime minister also decided to allow all Fatah parliamentarians to visit Gaza without any restriction "in order to unite with their families and their people". He said that his government is ready to offer what is needed to facilitate national reconciliation by dealing directly with Fatah, not through mediators. However, Mr Haniyeh reiterated that the reconciliation file is to remain brokered by the "Egyptian brothers", of whom "we are proud".
On a separate issue, Prime Minister Haniyeh waived fees for access to essential government services to Gazans unable to pay. "This is a considerable contribution to assisting our people who have been living under the Israel siege," he told reporters.
Source: Al Resalah
Images by MEMO Photographer Mohammed Asad & Ismail Haniyeh's