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Hamas openness toward Egypt makes it 'more realistic,' claims analyst

Oil trucks enter the Gaza Strip from the Rafah border crossing as part of the triple agreement between Egypt, Hamas and Mohammed Dahlan, in Rafah, Gaza on 21 June 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Oil trucks enter the Gaza Strip from the Rafah border crossing as part of the agreement between Egypt, and Hamas, in Rafah, Gaza on 21 June 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

The openness of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement toward Egypt makes it "more realistic and flexible" when dealing with political issues, an analyst affiliated to Fatah in Gaza said on Tuesday. Naji Shurrab made his claim in an interview with the Palestinian Information Centre.

"This proves that Hamas recognises the political situation around it," he suggested. It is, he added, the best way to look for new ways to solve the Gaza crises.

The professor of political sciences at Al-Azhar University in Gaza also said that holding the Palestinian National Council (PNC) without a national agreement "reinforces" the internal division. "This deepens the division and proves that there is no clear vision for holding the PNC and for the nature of the expected decisions to be taken during the meeting."

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Regarding the punishment measures taken against the Gaza Strip by the President of Fatah, the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, Prof. Shurrab said: "These measures have affected all of the people in Gaza, including Fatah's affiliates. They even affected Fatah more than Hamas."

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The political analyst expects that Hamas's rapprochement with exiled former Fatah official Mohamed Dahlan and his supporters will have a "positive impact" on Gaza. This would include the opening of Rafah Crossing on the border with Egypt, which is expected to "represent a full life system" for the residents of the currently besieged territory.

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