PA President Mahmoud Abbas is in talks with Hamas head
Khaled Mashaal and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to form unity government
ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections, reported Palestinian news
agency Ma’an Tuesday.
Abbas received phone calls from Mashaal and Haniyeh
confirming their decision to join Hamas with Fatah, according to Ma’an
This was not the first time that the two parties had announced
an agreement to end their differences. Over the past few years, Fatah and Hamas
have reached a number of such agreements that were never
Hamas leaders allegedly requested that the national unity
government serve for six months instead of three as agreed in the 2012 Doha
Agreement, one of many attempts at reconciliation between the rival Palestinian
Ma’an sources suggested that Abbas would choose Palestinian
Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to lead the unity government.
two rival parties have been distant since 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian
Clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas the
following year, leaving Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and Fatah in control
of the West Bank.
Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.