Representatives of Hamas and Fatah are scheduled to hold talks in Cairo on
Tuesday to discuss the formation of a Palestinian unity government.
al-Louh, a top Fatah official, said that the two parties would discuss the names
of candidates who would serve as ministers in a unity government that would be
headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Last year, Hamas
and Fatah reached an agreement in Doha, Qatar, to form a unity government that
would pave the way for new presidential and parliamentary elections. The
agreement stipulates that Abbas would serve as prime minister in addition to his
job as PA president.
Abbas is scheduled to visit Cairo on Thursday for
talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi aimed at ending the Fatah-Hamas
Reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah were suspended on
the eve of US President Barack Obama’s visit to the region in March.
resignation of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad last month has paved the way for
the resumption of the unity talks between the two rival parties.
request of Abbas, Fayyad continues to serve as prime minister of a caretaker
Fatah is hoping that Hamas would agree to join a unity
government that would prepare for long-overdue presidential and parliamentary
The renewed “reconciliation” talks between Hamas and Fatah
come amid increased tensions between the two sides, particularly following the
visit of a top Islamic scholar – Egypt’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi – to the Gaza Strip
The PA leadership condemned the visit, arguing it would
“legitimize” Hamas’s rule over the Gaza Strip. The PA has also called on the
international community to confiscate a Palestinian diplomatic passport that was
granted to Qaradawi by Hamas on the pretext that it was “forged.”
Hamad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee from Gaza, said on Monday that
Hamas was not serious about achieving reconciliation with Fatah.
is interested in maintaining its Islamic emirate in the Gaza Strip,” she
“Hamas does not want to end the conflict with
Hamad also accused the Islamist organization of cracking down on
Fatah supporters in the Gaza Strip, noting that more than 30 activists have been
summoned for interrogation in the past 24 hours.