The Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaderships held on Tuesday evening, 3 December 2019, a crucial meeting in Cairo that lasted for more than five hours.
Chaired by Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas Political Bureau, and Ziad al-Nakhala, secretary-general of Islamic Jihad, the meeting discussed several key issues at the national level and at the level of the strategic bilateral relations between both movements.
During the meeting, the participants addressed the dangers posed to the Palestinian cause amid attempts to liquidate it and how to face off the “deal of the century” and the measures to judaize Jerusalem and divide al-Aqsa Mosque timely and spatially, in addition to the plans aimed at abolishing the Palestinian refugees’ issue and their right to return to their homeland and taking over the occupied West Bank through settlement activity, the last of which was the approval of a new colonial neighbourhood in Hebron. Both resistance movements condemned the serious US stance to consider settlement activity in the occupied West Bank legal.
Both leaderships hailed the sacrifices made by Palestinian detainees despite their harsh conditions in Israeli prisons, as they talked about how to release them, on the one hand, and how to end their suffering in the Israeli jails, on the other hand.
The summit included an in-depth talk about the living conditions of Palestinian refugees in the diaspora, in which the participants highlighted the Palestinian refugees’ constant right to return to their homes and also expressed their solidarity with Sheikh Raed Salah.
Both Palestinian resistance movements discussed the latest Israeli aggression against Gaza, which started with the assassination of Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata and the assassination attempt of Akram al-Ajouri, member of PIJ Political Bureau, in Damascus, and the consecutive Israeli assaults on the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, stressing that coordination between their leaderships is at its highest level, particularly through the Joint Operation Chamber.
The two leaderships reiterated that the strategic relationship between them is a constant alliance that has overcome all rumours and false allegations disseminated to provoke divisions among both movements.
Furthermore, the meeting focused on the internal Palestinian situation and the developments related to Palestinian elections. Both movements highlighted the necessity to spare no effort to restore Palestinian unity in order to face off all challenges facing the Palestinian cause and restructure the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on democratic bases so that it will represent all segments of the Palestinian people and set up a unified national strategy to protect the Palestinian constants.
The attendees at the meeting talked about the national efforts exerted through the Great Return March and Breaking the Siege, along with all popular efforts to thwart Israeli schemes in Gaza and the West Bank.
Both leaderships expressed their gratitude for Egypt for its kind invitation for them and its role to restore national unity, end the intra-Palestinian division and stop the frequent Israeli assaults on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
December 4, 2019