WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Palestinian rival factions, the Islamic resistance movement Hamas and Fatah have announced their agreement on a joint vision for achieving internal reconciliation and holding general elections in the Palestinian territories.
Fatah and Hamas also agreed in principle to hold presidential and legislative elections in Palestine by the end of this year, a well-informed Palestinian source said.
The announcement came after a three-day dialogue between the two factions in Turkey.
According to a joint statement, the dialogue in Turkey, an extension of the online national conference simultaneously held in Ramallah and Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Sept. 3, ended with both Gaza-based Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas committed to "working jointly to confront all conspiracies until the achievement of full independence represented by establishing an independent Palestinian state with al-Quds as its capital.”
"The two movements will present their vision for a comprehensive dialogue with the participation of all other Palestinian factions,” the statement said.
The final agreement will be announced before Oct. 1 in an online conference chaired by Abbas and in the presence of secretary-generals of 14 Palestinian factions including Fatah and Hamas, it added.
For the dialogue in Turkey’s capital Ankara, the Fatah delegation was headed by Jibril Rajoub, secretary-general of Fatah’s Central Committee, while Saleh Arouri, deputy chief of Hamas, lead the Hamas team.
Currently the impoverished Gaza Strip is suffering from unprecedented pressure as it has been under an inhumane land, air and sea siege by the Zionist regime since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008. Zionist troops conduct regular air raids on Palestinians in Gaza under the pretext of hitting Hamas targets.
Analysts say Palestinian factions need to boost unity in the face of biased U.S. pro-Zionist policies.
The Trump administration has given Tel Aviv the green light to annex large parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley in his self-proclaimed "deal of the century,” which was unveiled in January with the aim of legitimizing the occupying regime’s occupation and re-drawing the Middle East map.
The scheme has drawn global condemnation.