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Hamas calls on Fatah to take practical steps towards reconciliation

April 20, 2020 at 11:42 am

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem, 9 October 2019 [Twitter]

The Palestinian Resistance Movement has called on its rival Fatah to take practical and national steps towards “real” reconciliation, Hamas spokesman Hazim Qasim has revealed.

Qasim made his comment in response to remarks by Rawhi Fatouh, a member of Fatah’s Executive Council. Fatouh claimed that Fatah, Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to send a delegation to Gaza and sit with Hamas to discuss possible reconciliation.

“Fatah has to give up propaganda discourse and start taking real and practical measures regarding the reconciliation,” insisted the Hamas spokesman.

He noted that several reconciliation agreements have been reached and signed but are still waiting to be implemented.

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The Hamas official pointed out that the movement has given up its constitutional right related to the formation of the government and taken practical measures for the handing over of the Gaza Strip to the PA, but there had been no positive response from Ramallah.

He said: “Lifting the PA’s sanctions imposed on Gaza is a real starting point to kick off practical measures towards ending the internal division which has harmed the Palestinian cause.”

Responding to calls for Hamas to join the PLO, he said that the only way for this is to rebuild the Palestinian political system. “That must be preceded by a General Election that leads to rebuilding the PLO and the Palestinian National Council in order to become truly representative of the whole Palestinian political system and the Palestinian people.”