Hamas calls for ‘dissolution of government and general elections’

Hamas’ delegation to Cairo released an official announcement saying it is willing to dissolve the government and hold general elections to promote a dialogue with Fatah and reconcile with the organization. Recently, senior Hamas officials carried out talks in Cairo surrounding the financial crisis in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas in Gaza Photo Credit: Hamas' Twitter account/Channel 2 News

Hamas announced this morning that it is willing to hold discussions with Fatah, close the directorate in Gaza that serves as an interim government and carry out general elections. In an official announcement, the terror organization relayed that it is willing to “have a dialogue with the Fatah organization in order to promote a reconciliation within Palestinian society.”

Recently, there have been frequent reports of meetings and talks between Fatah member and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ rival Mohammed Dahlan and Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar. The two, who met in Cairo, discussed a reconciliation between the organizations as well as Dahlan’s political roles in the Gaza Strip.

Mohammad Dahlan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A delegation of senior Palestinian officials also arrived in Cairo to promote a reconciliation between the various Palestinian factions. According to reports in the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, Abbas was aware of these meetings and of the fact that his rival would be the one benefiting from the reconciliation between the organizations.

In order to resolve the current financial crisis in the Gaza Strip as well as enable the opening of the Rafah Border Crossing with Egypt, Hamas promised Egyptian officials it will not provide any military or logistic assistance to ISIS' branch in the Sinai Peninsula and that it will extradite every ISIS terrorist to Cairo.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Hamas and Fatah have attempted to reconcile over the years since Hamas took control over the Gaza Strip in 2007. However, the attempts have so far failed to yield results.

The latest dispute between Hamas and Fatah surrounded the failed attempt to create a national unity government and Hamas’ decision to establish an interim government to manage (add the) bureaucracy in Gaza. Abbas, as a backlash against Hamas’ actions, announced a power supply cut to the Gaza Strip. The cut led to a crisis in several Gazan cities, with some areas receiving less than three hours of power per day.



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