The Egyptian-brokered reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah has been
put on hold, a senior Hamas representative in the West Bank said on
Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Hamas-dominated Palestinian
Legislative Council, said that the two sides were nevertheless continuing to
hold consultations on solving the crisis.
Hamas, Fatah deflect blame for failed Palestinian unity
In blow to Palestinian unity, Abbas-Mashaal talks nixed
Hamas and Fatah have failed to
agree on the identity of the prime minister who would head a new Palestinian
unity government, as envisaged by the reconciliation accord.
insists on the appointment of current Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam
Fayyad. Hamas, however, has strongly rejected Fayyad’s nomination.
called on Hamas and Fatah to implement the reconciliation agreement immediately
so that the Palestinians could “confront Zionist measures that violate
He complained that the PA was continuing to prevent
him from entering his office in the PLC building in Ramallah for the fifth
straight year. “There’s a conspiracy to keep the legislators away from their
natural positions,” he charged, without elaborating.
Hamas on Wednesday
accused the PA security forces of arresting dozens of Hamas supporters in the
West Bank since the reconciliation agreement was announced in Cairo on May
“Despite the signing of the reconciliation agreement, the Fatah
security forces continued to arrest political activists and chase many others in
the West Bank,” Hamas said in a statement issued in the Gaza Strip.
is a breach of the agreement.”
It said that since the agreement was
announced, the PA security forces had summoned hundreds of Hamas supporters for
interrogation and arrested 68, including 39 who had been released from Israeli
Hamas said that seven of its supporters had been put on trial
before PA military courts during the same period. Four school teachers
affiliated with Hamas had been fired, and several charitable associations and
organizations had been closed down, Hamas added.