Hamas has presented its vision of how to solve the Palestinian crisis during a meeting in Russia.
In a speech during the inauguration of a conference held by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of Hamas' Political Bureau – Musa Abu Marzouq – explained that preserving the Palestinian cause must be based on several issues, including a rejection of the so-called "deal of the century".
The movement, which governs the besieged Gaza Strip, identified a number of essential steps to seek a way out of the current Palestinian crisis, including preserving Palestinian principles and lifting the 12-year-old Israeli siege on Gaza.
As reported by Hamas' official English website, Abu Marzouq rejected any proposal aimed at establishing a state in Gaza that separates it from the occupied West Bank.
He reiterated that Jerusalem is the capital of any future Palestinian state, highlighting the importance of thwarting all efforts to liquidate the issue of Palestinian refugees, as well as rejecting all forms of normalisation with Israel.
The senior Hamas leader said that many of these ideas could be achieved after first restoring national unity, which has been notably lacking in light of the ongoing feud between Hamas and Fatah, the Palestinian faction which dominates the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank.
Abu Marzouq confirmed that Hamas' vision for reconciliation is based on launching a comprehensive Palestinian national dialogue – based on the 2011 and 2017 unity deals – forming a political partnership between all factions and adopting a resistance programme.
He added that the mission of any national unity government must be to unify the West Bank and Gaza, resolve the disputed issues and prepare for general elections.