Al-Hamadallah: We will not pay attention to Israel’s opposition to Palestinian reconciliation

The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Gaza

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah said on Thursday that the Palestinian leadership would not pay attention to Israel’s opposition positions to achieve internal reconciliation.

In a statement to reporters during a visit to a desalination plant in the central Gaza Strip, al-Hamdallah stressed that “reconciliation is a national interest and an internal Palestinian issue.”

“We will not turn right or north to any statements that oppose our efforts to achieve reconciliation, because without unity there is no Palestinian issue, no national project, no Palestinian state without the Gaza Strip,” he said.

He added that (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu “was arguing with the negotiator with Gaza or the West Bank, which is a feeble argument, therefore we will be unified and steadfast behind the leadership of one legitimate and one government and one security.”

Netanyahu said days ago that he would not accept a “fake” Palestinian reconciliation that does not include recognition by Hamas of Israel as a national homeland for the Jewish people within three conditions that should be approved.

Speaking at a Likud party meeting in the settlement of Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, Netanyahu said he was not prepared to accept false reconciliation in which the Palestinians would reconcile at the expense of the Israeli presence.”

He added “Whoever wants to make such a reconciliation is easy  have to recognize the State of Israel, dismantle Hamas’ military wing and cut off your relationship with Iran, which is calling for our destruction.”

On the other hand, he stressed the importance of the upcoming meetings of the Palestinian factions in Cairo to proceed with the implementation of the reconciliation understandings and enable his government to take full responsibility in the Gaza Strip.

He said in this regard, “We expect the factions meeting next week in Cairo to implement what is agreed upon, as mentioned earlier there are things we will implement immediately and others need a political agreement.”

We do not want to cause any imbalance. We want all factions to agree on everything until the government starts implementing it. The government will only be a helpful and positive factor to implement all that is agreed upon.”

Fatah and Hamas are due to meet in Cairo next Tuesday, followed by a comprehensive meeting of the Palestinian factions to discuss mechanisms for further implementation of reconciliation.

Egypt recently sponsored new understandings of Palestinian reconciliation that led to the arrival of the reconciliation government on Monday to the Gaza Strip for the first time since October 2014.

In addition to inspecting the desalination plant, al-Hamdallah inspected Al-Shifa Medical Complex in Gaza and the home of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat before leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank via the Israeli-controlled Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint.

Source:The Gaza Post

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