Hamas Islamic Resistance

National unity requires firm decision from Abbas, says Hamas official

29 July, 19

National unity needs a decision and a will from Fatah and its chief Mahmoud Abbas, member of Hamas Political Bureau Khalil al-Hayya said Monday.

In a press release on the latest developments of the Palestinian cause, al-Hayya added that Hamas had introduced its vision on national reconciliation to Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaya during a meeting in Turkey.

“Ishtaya listened to a detailed explanation [on Hamas’ vision] from us, but he went and never came back,” al-Hayya continued. 

Al-Hayya reiterated that Hamas extended its hands to achieve national reconciliation on the basis of all signed agreements.   

The senior Hamas official re-invited the PA President to visit Gaza to discuss all issues with all segments of the Palestinian people and factions in coordination with Egypt.

Al-Hayya denied that an ‘Administrative Committee’ in Gaza was restructured, saying: “Since we announce the dissolution of the Government Administrative Committee in 2017, the current administrations and ministries run the governmental work.”

Regarding the ceasefire talks with the Israeli occupation, al-Hayya said that the ceasefire efforts were ongoing in a “reasonable way”, noting that Hamas realised that the Israeli occupation was stalling the ceasefire talks, but the Palestinian resistance movement is following up with the mediators to press the Israeli occupation to honour its commitments.   

 Al-Hayya highlighted his movement’s readiness and willingness to reach a prisoner swap deal, but “the Israeli occupation has not been ready yet and not interested in it so far.”