Archive for the 'Reconciliation' Category

Ongoing meetings with Egyptian officials in Cairo

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the issue of the ongoing meetings of Hamas’ delegation with the Egyptian officials in Cairo, Member of Hamas Political Bureau Hussam Badran stated the following:

Hamas’ meetings with the Egyptian officials in Cairo are going on positively. As an outcome of the meetings, an Egyptian delegation is to arrive in Gaza on Sunday to follow up the reconciliation.

Hamas’ delegation, headed by Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh, had a positive response regarding the Egyptian efforts to facilitate the life of the people in Gaza Strip, as well as regarding the reconciliation.

Hamas will make the mission of the Egyptian delegation as easy as possible and will take all the needed measures that guarantee a successful follow up of implementing the reconciliation and reinforcing confidence ahead of achieving the prospected national unity; especially amidst the major challenges facing the Palestinian cause and the dangers posed to the Palestinian rights.

Member of Political Bureau of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas

Hussam Badran

Al Hayyah: we need a real reconciliation based on partnership

HAMAS

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Member of the Politburo of Hamas, Khalil Al Hayyah, assured that the success of the reconciliation is based on a national partnership.

During a consultative meeting with the factions in Gaza, he asserted Friday that the Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank need a real reconciliation which excludes no-one.

Al Hayyah affirmed that Hamas is more motivated to continue in the path of reconciliation indicating that the American-Israeli objections to reconciliation must not deter or hinder us from moving forward.

He noted that the reconciliation is a religious, national and political duty to rebuild our institutions.

“We must be true partners, no one shall exclude the other,” he said.

Al Hayyah stated that it is important to agree on specific dates in Cairo, and to hold elections during a period that does not exceed 6 months.

Haniyeh: We will discuss mechanisms to implement the 2011 Agreement in Cairo

HAMAS

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The head of the Politburo of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh said that Hamas will discuss in the upcoming talks in Cairo the mechanisms needed to implement the 2011 Cairo Agreement and that the movement will not sign any new agreements.

During a meeting with students organized by the Islamic University Student Council Haniyeh said that Hamas signed many agreements in the past starting with Agreement 2005, Mecca 2007, Sanaa 2009, Cairo 2011, Shati 2014 and Beirut 2017, adding that all we need now is implementation on the ground.

Haniyeh affirmed that many issues have to be discussed and prioritized in the upcoming dialogues, namely the management of Gaza and West Bank affairs. He added that the PA and its institutions have to carry out this mission prior to holding elections.

Haniyeh stated that the second issue is the leadership of the PLO, and the third is the agreement on a joint national political program.

He explained that the first phase of implementation of the reconciliation agreement was accomplished by Hamas with full commitment as was demonstrated in dissolving the administrative committee, handing over the crossings, welcoming the government to Gaza and accepting to participate in a comprehensive dialogue this month in Cairo.

Haniyeh thanked all the ministries and their employees and police members for setting a great example in embracing the Palestinian reconciliation as demonstrated in handing over the crossings and securing the Arafat festival held yesterday at Al-Saraya in Gaza.

He pointed out that reviewing the Palestinian, Israeli, regional, and international scenes under the supervision of the American administration led us to the conclusion that the Palestinian reconciliation is a legitimate and national necessity.

He emphasized that Hamas is well aware of the plots in the region to dismantle it in order to achieve the Zionist project. In return, Hamas is following the strategy of the national unity to protect the Palestinian cause.

Haniyeh stated that the aim of this plot is to settle the Arab- Israeli conflict in order to serve the strategic superiority of the enemy for the sake of western power in the region.

Haniyeh paid tribute to the soul of the late President, Yasser Arafat, and to the masses who commemorated the 13th anniversary of his martyrdom in Saraya and Katiba in Gaza.

Abu Marzouq calls for separation between presidency of PLO and PA

HAMAS

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The member of the Politburo of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzouq, called for separation between the presidency of the Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO) and that of the Palestinian Authority. He stated the need to gather all the Palestinian factions and PA under the umbrella of PLO.

During a seminar held in Istanbul under the title,“ Developing and activating the Palestinian political system”, Abu Marzouq pointed out Saturday that the Palestinian system is based on two main institutions: the Palestinian Authority, and the PLO.

He explained that the PA has developed and evolved away from the provisions of Oslo Agreement, noting that there’s always more room for further development of the Palestinian system. Read more »

Hamas condemns ongoing PA-Israeli collaboration

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press Statement

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” said the following:

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, is appalled by the on-going security collaboration between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Occupation in the West Bank, which is considered the greatest danger to the Palestinian people and their legitimate right to resist the occupation.

We call on the Palestinian people to reject this collaboration and exert pressure on the PA to terminate this shameful policy that harms the interest of our people and proceed towards achieving the national reconciliation in the upcoming Cairo talks.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

09/10/2017

Al Hayyah: The next phase calls for a national unity government

HAMAS

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The deputy head of the Politburo of Hamas in Gaza, Khalil Al Hayyah stated that the next phase calls for a national unity government comprising all Palestinian factions so it may assume the the responsibility of the phase. He added “It can be a national salvation government until elections are held.”

On a television interview with Al Aqsa channel, Al Hayyah assured Wednesday evening that Hamas believes that the next government must abide by the program of the national reconciliation document and must not promote any political agendas.

He pointed out that the first stage of the reconciliation process was successful and what was agreed upon in Cairo is running smoothly. Al Hayyah asserted that both parties agreed to set aside all disputes.

Al Hayyah affirmed that two issues still have to be completed; the public employees issue must be resolved through an administrative and legal committee in addition to the security issue is yet to be discussed. Read more »

Haniyeh: The assassination attempt of Abu Naim will not weaken our resolve towards reconciliation

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh stated that the assassination attempt of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces, will only strengthen the power and the steadfastness of Hamas.

This statement was made by Hanieyeh during the visit to Al Shifa Hospital to check on the health of Abu Naim after he survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday afternoon.

Haniyeh added, “It is wrong to believe that these crimes, whoever is behind them, can prevent us from moving ahead in the resistance path towards liberation.”

He assured that this criminal attempt will not diminish our resolve to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation.

Haniyeh affirmed that Hamas is moving on to achieve reconciliation and to restore national unity.

He called on the Palestinian President, Mahamoud Abbas to accelerate the required implementations needed to fortify the home front against anyone who dares to tamper with the internal security and our political plans.

Press release issued by the office of the head of Hamas in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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A number of media outlets have reportedly stated that Qatar opposes the Palestinian national reconciliation and that it is also dissatisfied with the recent rapprochement between Hamas and Egypt; stating that there is tension between Hamas and Egypt. In this regard, Hamas assures that these allegations are completely unfounded. This took place during a meeting held by head of Hamas,Yehya Al Sinwar with Palestinian youth in Gaza city on Sunday.

It is worth noting that Qatar had a remarkable role in supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in general and the Gazans in particular during the longstanding harsh siege. Moreover, Qatar carried out dozens of humanitarian, reconstruction and infrastructure projects which reflected positively on life in Gaza and contributed significantly to prevent the collapse in Gaza Strip during the years of siege.

We do affirm that Qatar has always shown keenness to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation and to end division and supports any effort to achieve it.

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Yehya Al Sinwar

22nd October, 2017

Al Sinwar meets with the leaders of the national factions in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas

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The head of Hamas in Gaza , Yahya Al Sinwar, met with the leaders of the Palestinian national factions in Gaza and enlightened them on the recent developments regarding reconciliation and the details of the Cairo dialogues.

The meeting, which was held on Wednesday, was attended by the member of the Political Bureau of Hamas , Salah Al Bardawil, in Hamas office in Gaza as part of the political framework of Hamas in deliberating and consulting Palestinians at the breadth of the political spectrum.

Al Sinwar reviewed the significant positive steps taken by Hamas to reach the Cairo Agreement and the flexibility shown by Hamas to sign this agreement.

He affirmed that Hamas will continue in the process of reconciliation pointing out that it is a strategic decision and Hamas will not back down or return to division in any way. He assured that Hamas will continue to show high national responsibility at all coming stages. Read more »

Haniyeh informs several leaders on reconciliation agreement

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Head of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called Prince Tamim Bin Hamas Al-Thani of Qatar Friday evening and informed him about the outcome of reconciliation talks with Fatah.

During the call, Haniyeh praised the efforts exerted by Qatar over the past years that aimed to achieve a national reconciliation.

He stressed the keenness of the Hamas movement to implement and abide by what was agreed upon, pointing out that steps have already been taken to move on to the next phase.

For his part, Prince Tamim bin Hamad stressed Qatar’s steadfast stance in supporting the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights.

The Emir welcomed the reconciliation agreement, which was sponsored by Egypt in the context of its pivotal role in the Palestinian cause and people.

He stressed that Qatar will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and provide relief to their suffering, especially in the humanitarian aspect.

The Emir expressed his hope that the reconciliation process would continue successfully until it reaches its desired goal.

Haniyeh had also earlier contacted Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, on the signing of the reconciliation agreement.

The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) received a telephone call on Friday evening from Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu.

Hamas’s recently appointed leader also called Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, and updated him on the reconciliation agreement.

Haniyeh also praised Russian efforts to achieve the reconciliation, and Bogdanov, on his part, reiterated Russia’s keenness in seeing a unified Palestinian government and savouring its relations with all Palestinian factions.

In the same context, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mouloud Jawish Oglu, telephoned Haniyeh and congratulated both Hamas and Fatah on signing the historic reconciliation agreement.

Why Palestinian reconciliation is likely to succeed

By Azzam Tamimi
Afro-Middle East Centre Brief

PA prime minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyah shaking hands in Gaza as Hamas formally hands over control of the Strip to the PA

PA prime minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyah shaking hands in Gaza as Hamas formally hands over control of the Strip to the PA

For a change, all concerned parties seem eager to see Palestinian reconciliation succeed. Each player has its own reasons, of course. Yet, it would not have been possible to come this far so quickly had it not been for the deepening humanitarian crisis inside the Gaza Strip and the growing predicament that Hamas, which controls Gaza, finds itself in as a result. There is no doubt that the siege imposed on Gaza by Israel and Egypt has achieved its objectives. Life has become so unbearable in the Strip that public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of any deal that promises easing the pressure.

This has prompted Hamas to express readiness to make concessions that had until recently been inconceivable. The full extent of these concessions is, however, unclear, and the deal under discussion is shrouded in ambiguity. What is known thus far is that Hamas has agreed to disband its own administrative committee in charge of the Gaza Strip in a prelude to handing over control to the Ramallah-based Palestinian National Authority (PNA), whose prime minister, Rami al-Hamdallah, arrived in the Strip on Sunday for the handover by Hamas. As part of the new arrangement, Hamas is expected to relinquish control over the border crossings with Egypt and Israel. Read more »

PFLP prison branch welcomes steps toward reconciliation: weapons of the resistance must be protected

PRESS STATEMENT
PFLP Prison Branch

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The Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued the following statement:

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) welcomes the positive developments in reconciliation from inside the occupation prisons, and emphasized that the PA president must immediately reverse the punitive measures imposed on the Gaza Strip, warning of the negative repercussions of the continuing refusal to do so.

The organization said that all prisoners in the occupation jails are observing the recent developments in the reconciliation with great interests and hope that the implementation of the reconciliation agreements will protect the national and popular rights, emphasizing that they will stand with their people in support of national unity and their right to resist occupation by all available means.

The Prison Branch emphasized that the weapons of the resistance are always legitimate weapons and that any attempts to harm or confiscate such weapons violates the right of the Palestinian people to resistance. Therefore, any reconciliation must ensure the construction of a national strategy of struggle to manage the battle with the occupation and build a clear policy that rejects any compromise on the fundamental rights of our people to resist occupation and the legitimacy of their weapons.

The Front concluded its statement by emphasizing the need to overcome all obstacles to hold comprehensive elections to arrange the Palestinian house, especially the convening of the Palestinian National Council with the participation of all political colors of the Palestinian spectrum. The most important task is to rebuild the Palestine Liberation Organization on a new national and democratic foundation that can truly represent our people on a national basis in all of their places of residence, and to put in place a strategy to confront the occupation, its crimes and all of its projects that aim to end the Palestinian national existence as a whole.

October 4, 2017

Haniyeh: We exerted tremendous efforts to ease Gaza’s blockade

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniya, said in a press conference held on Tuesday after his visit to Egypt, that Hamas has exerted all efforts to ease the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip. This included travelling to Egypt and achieving the internal unity in an attempt to break the siege.

Commenting on his latest visit to Egypt, Haniyeh said that the visit as fruitful and successful.

He added that the first visit for Hamas’s newly elected leadership was to Egypt is most expected since it is the most influential Arab country In the region. He noted that the visit aimed to foster relation between both the Palestinian people and Hamas on one side, and with Egypt on the other side to achieve a breakthrough in all issues, particularly the Palestinian reconciliation. Read more »

Management and Politics Academy Launches Initiative for Reconciliation, End of Division

Press Release
Management and Politics Academy

Ameena Abdullah Abusalmiya

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Based on the national responsibility of the Academy for Management and Politics for Higher Education toward our Palestinian people, and based on our awareness of the national role, the academy launched an initiative for reconciliation and an end to the Palestinian division that targets all national forces and factions, especially Hamas and Fatah. This initiative comes following discussion with responsible parties, forces and a number of competent authorities.

The Academy appreciates the Hamas movement for its acceptance and adoption of the main components of this initiative expressed in a press release issued by Dr. Salah Al Bardawil, a member of the Political Bureau of the movement. We invite our brothers in the Fatah movement to also respond to this declaration and initiative, and we invite President Abu Mazen to respond to the national initiative and announce holding a full national dialogue leading to national reconciliation relating to all Palestinians’ issues whether immediate, interim, or strategic.

We invite Egypt to adopt this initiative and arrange a Palestinian-Palestinian discussion under Egyptian auspices that leads to Palestinian reconciliation.

The Academy hopes that this initiative will lead to dialogue with the participation of all political forces and public unions, to restore national unity and end the division. This will restore the status of the Palestinian national goals of freedom through ending the Israeli Occupation and achieving the legitimate goals of the Palestinian people: the right of return, and self-determination.

The Initiative follows: Read more »

Abbas, Hamas leadership meet in Doha

Hamas
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Chairman of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Meshaal and deputy chairman Ismail Haniya convened on Thursday evening with the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting in Doha hosted by Qatar’s foreign minister Mohamed Al Thani.

The meeting discussed the dangers threatening the Palestinian cause and national priorities during the current critical phase as well as ways to achieve reconciliation and end the Palestinian rift.

The need to implement the previous reconciliation agreements signed in Cairo, Doha and Gaza’s Beach refugee camp was underlined by Hamas leaders who also stress the importance of national partnership and urged for holding the elections and forming a unity government.

They also called for formulating a program to confront the Israeli colonial occupation and its transgressions as a united front.

Hamas also hailed Qatari efforts to support the Palestinian people and break the siege imposed on Gaza, and expressed appreciation for Qatari endeavors to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.

Palestinian Reconciliation: Not a dream, but the bottom line

by Julie Webb-Pullman

From left - Yasser Khalaf, Al Ahrar; Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas; Khader Habib, Islamic Jihad; Dr Salah Abdul Al Ati, MASARAT; Facilitator, Management & Politics Academy

From left – Yasser Khalaf, Al Ahrar; Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas; Khader Habib, Islamic Jihad; Dr Salah Abdul Al Ati, MASARAT; Facilitator, Management & Politics Academy Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman

That is the view expressed by Dr Salah Abdul Al Ati, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies (MASARAT), at a seminar held in Gaza City Monday afternoon to discuss the proposal for national unity his organization circulated to all factions and interested parties for comment in February 2016.

Attended by representatives from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Ahrar and a diverse audience, the seminar saw a spirited exchange of opinions and ideas, giving lie to the supposed repression of free speech in Gaza.

Abbas, Hamas, Oslo, Hamdallah and politicians in general all came in for criticism – along with the Palestinian people themselves.

“The division did not come from another planet,” said Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib, “but as a result of our own mistakes as Palestinians. There is no longer a concrete national project that we all agree on – THIS is what we really need.” Read more »

Meshaal: We seek to meet with Fatah soon and avoid war

MEMO

Khaled Meshaal, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau. [MEMO File photo]

Khaled Meshaal, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau. [MEMO File photo]

Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, said that his movement aims to avoid wars, stressing that what is occurring in the West Bank is a popular uprising and what is practiced by the resistance is legitimate self-defence. He also revealed an upcoming meeting with Fatah to resume discussions regarding the application of the reconciliation.

During an interview with France24, broadcast last night, Meshaal said: “Hamas and the Palestinians in general don’t want war. We suffer from occupation and colonisation. Israel is threatening Gaza with war periodically. Israel is starving the Palestinians and killing people in the West Bank by occupation, settlements and the Judaisation of Jerusalem and is threatening to expel Palestinians from the 1948 borders.” Read more »

Hamas reveals ‘reconciliation deal’ with Fatah

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Hamas has reached an agreement with Fatah at the Doha dialogue after a two-day meeting in Qatar’s capital, the Islamist movement revealed on Tuesday.

The movement’s spokesman said the deal sought to work towards unity “for the benefit of Palestinians”.

During the past two days, Doha has hosted private talks between representatives from Fatah and Hamas to discuss the implementation of a reconciliation agreement and address previous obstacles.

“Both factions shared the same vision and will now begin to circulate the agreement among the leadership of both movements to begin implementation on the ground,” read a press statement from Hamas issued late on Monday night. Read more »

Abu Zuhri: Hamas ready to form unity gov’t

HAMAS

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In a press release on Wednesday evening, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri confirmed the Movement is ready and willing to support a national unity government formed through assembly of the Provisional Leading Frame, calling on the Palestinian Authority “PA” to end its partisan policies against Gaza in order to set the stage for such a development.

Abu Zuhri invited the PA to take decisions in accordance with the sacrifices of the Palestinian people, naming the suspension of security coordination with the Israeli occupation as one necessary such decision.

Among other allegations in his speech on Wednesday, PA president Mahmoud Abbas had accused Hamas of refusing to allow a new cycle of elections to be held in the occupied territories and preventing the formation of a national unity government.

The real targets of Operation Brother’s Keeper are Hamas and unity government

Source: Afro-Middle East Centre

Rally Calling for Reconciliation Between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza

On 12 June 2014, three teenage boys were reported missing from Gush Etzion, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank near Hebron. The Israeli government quickly accused Hamas of kidnapping the boys and announced ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’ – the most extensive military deployment on the West Bank since the second intifada. Israeli officials said the operation had two objectives: to find the missing settlers; and to crack down on Hamas. Thus, the operation must be understood in the context of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed peace initiative, and the decision by Fatah and Hamas to form a unity government. The operation has substantially targeted Hamas: 500 abductions/arrests have already occurred; 354 of these are Hamas members and twelve are parliamentarians who could have served in a unity government. Read more »

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