Hamas's deputy leader on Monday called on Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to transfer control to Hamas, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

Moussa Abu Marzouk's comment was an apparent response to a Haaretz interview in which Abbas addressed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, saying "Sit in the chair here instead of me, take the keys, and you will be responsible for the Palestinian Authority."

Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page, "why would he pass the keys to Israel?" According to Ma'an, he added that Abbas should have instead, threatened to pass the PA to Hamas, who he argued was qualified to "make another success in the West Bank" as it claims to have done in Gaza.

He also said that such a move would be the best way to achieve Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.

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