The leaders of the Palestinian political faction Hamas called for a “national dialogue” with their foe, the Fatah party, after realizing that the international community is seeking to choke them off from the rest of the nation and the world. Hamas staged a military coup against the ruling Fatah and took control of the Gaza Strip last week, report the Belfast Telegraph and other news sources.
There is also increasing internal strife in the Gaza Strip now, with members of Hamas coming under attack by bitter Fatah loyalists.
Ismail Haniyeh has refused to accept his dismissal as prime minister of Palestine. Haniyeh is the leader of the Hamas faction. Hamas and Fatah were ruling Palestine side-by-side in a coalition government put into power three months ago, but the president, Mahmoud Abbas, is of the Fatah faction. The Fatah factions wishes to acknowledge Israel as a viable nation and desires to reach a peace treaty with the Jews. Hamas refuses to acknowledge Israel and would like to see the Jews “driven into the sea”.
The Fatah faction, which has set up its own emergency government over in the West Bank, is politically backed by Israel and the West.
Hamas has also ignored a decree issued by Abbas on Tuesday officially outlawing their Executive Force military wing.
“Hamas rejects the decision by Abu Mazen (Abbas) to outlaw the Executive Force because his decision contradicts the law. The current government of national unity is the legitimate caretaker government and we do not recognize the emergency government,” Senior Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“We are shocked and surprised by the voices forbidding discussions with us, while they enter discussions with Israel. We are still prepared for a brotherly, serious, and responsible national dialogue. What is happening in the West Bank, of attacks against sons of our movement and its institutions, is pouring oil on the fire, and if they continue, they will put difficult choices before us all. We ask President Mahmoud Abbas … to honor his responsibilities and to ensure the safety of our brothers and all Palestinians in the West Bank,” Khalil Al Haya, a prominent Hamas lawmaker, said at a news conference, as quoted by the Kaleej Times.
“There will be no dialogue with Hamas because it has committed crimes against the law. They were behind the military coup in Gaza. Before any dialogue, Hamas must withdraw its armed people from all the places they occupied and give back the power to the legitimate authority,” Abbas’ spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, replied to Hamas.
Sources:Reuters, “Hamas rejects Abbas’s orders but proposes talks”
Associated Press through the Khaleej Times, “Hamas official calls for dialogue with Fatah”
The Belfast Telegraph, “Hamas leader seeks talks with Fatah”