Recent events, including the United Arab Emirates’ decision to normalize relations with Israel, have prompted Hamas and Fatah to agree to join forces to confront Israel Hamas terrorist leader Saleh al-Arouri has announced.

Speaking to Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, al-Arouri said that Palestinians had been “stabbed in the back” three times in 2020, with the first time being the Trump administration’s announcement of a lopsided Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal in January, the second being Israel’s announcement of plans to annex wide swathes of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley this spring, and the third being the United Arab Emirates move to normalize ties with Israel in August.

According to al-Arouri, the unprecedented “dangers strangling the Palestinian cause” mean that Palestinians can no longer accept a split between Hams and Fatah.  Therefore, he said, Hamas has made contact with Fatah and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss joining forces against Israel.

The parties have reportedly agreed to three initiatives to be implemented by the joint committee, including the organization of resistance against Israeli in the West Bank, reforming the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and an effort to put an end to the dispute between Hamas and Fatah sparked by the 2006 elections and the 2007 Hamas takeover of Gaza.