Monday, July 27, 2015

Hamas must hand over Gaza Strip

Hamas must hand over rule of the Gaza Strip as a condition to forming a unity government, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said Sunday.

Hamas has to "lift their hands" from the Gaza Strip and allow the unity government to work according to agreements signed by the Palestinian factions, al-Ahmad told Ma'an.

Al-Ahmad, who heads reconciliation talks for Fatah,added that his Hamas counterpart, Moussa Abu Marzouq is "unqualified" to call for a unity government after their work was "foiled" by Hamas.

The unity government formed in June 2014 has repeatedly failed to overcome divisive issues between political factions Fatah and Hamas, and last month it was announced at a Fatah council meeting that the entire government would soon be dissolved.

Negotiations on the new Palestinian government were set to restart after the Eid celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier this month, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah criticized Hamas for creating a shadow government in the Gaza Strip and blocking efforts to reach political unity.

Hamas has in turn accused the PA of executing a plan to "eradicate" the movement from the West Bank, saying that an arrest campaign of over 200 members was carried out by the PA to target reconciliation efforts between the two factions.

So just who is there for Israel to negotiate with? The media and the world leaders seem to be oblivious of the situation on the ground. as long as the present control of the Palestinians is not clear cut, how can the Eu or France or anyone consider "negotiations" can bear fruit. 

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