The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Ismail Haniyeh, announced the existence of new efforts to resume the national dialogue in order to achieve reconciliation and achieve Palestinian national unity, according to Ma’an News Agency.
The agency quoted Haniyeh as saying that reconciliation is “the cornerstone and the cornerstone of confronting the Israeli occupation and its plans aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause, erasing our rights to land and holy sites and returning.”
He added that Hamas is conducting internal and external contacts for the success of these efforts and movements “to complete the steps we have started in our dialogue with the brothers in the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) and the national and Islamic factions to fulfill the requirements of unity.
Haniyeh did not mention any details about the nature of these contacts and the results resulting from them.
In mid-November, the Hamas and Fatah movements held meetings in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to discuss efforts to achieve internal reconciliation and end the division.
Last September, delegations from the two movements met in Istanbul and agreed on a “vision” that would be presented for a comprehensive national dialogue, with the participation of Palestinian forces and factions.
But the efforts were subsequently stalled, and the two movements exchanged accusations about who was responsible for obstructing reconciliation efforts.
Fatah said on November 25 that the Palestinian reconciliation dialogues had not succeeded due to disagreements with Hamas over the dates for the elections.