Alwaght- Palestinian Islamic Movement Hamas has agreed to rival Fatah's reconciliation conditions, including dissolving Gaza administrative committee and holding nationwide elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Palestinian resistance movement underlined its “desire to achieve national unity".
Hamas has been running the Gaza Strip since 2006 when it scored a landslide victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections, leaving The Palestinian Authority, controlled by Fatah and based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in control only of the autonomous areas of the West Bank.
Hamas statement followed negotiations held last week in Cairo between the movement’s officials and a delegation sent by Abbas.
Hamas has fought off three Israeli wars on Gaza and been managing the coastal enclave's affairs in the face of a crippling Israeli siege.
Tel Aviv regime has imposed an all-out siege on Gaza controls Gaza access, except at the Egyptian border, and controls all crossings between Gaza and the West Bank. Egypt has contributed to land, air, and sea blockade on the enclave. The Israeli authorities have kept the Gaza Strip mostly closed in the past two decades and especially since 2007.
Abbas's government has also compounded the misery of the Gazans through “punitive measures” which it has imposed to squeeze Hamas and force it to relinquish the control of the enclave.
Among a series of economic sanctions has been the reduction of payments for Gaza electricity, which has prompted Israel to drastically cut power supply to the territory of 1.8 million residents to less than four hours a day.
Last month, Abbas threatened to gradually cut financial support to the impoverished strip “by 100 percent” until Hamas agreed to reconcile with Fatah. The overall deprivations are estimated to render Gaza uninhabitable by 2020.
Hamas has shunned contacts with Israeli regime, while the Palestinian Authority maintains security coordination with Tel Aviv.
The coordination and whether Hamas would subject its security forces to the Palestinian Authority command have persistently thrown off the prospect of reconciliation between the Palestinian factions.
The Sunday statement stopped short at offering information about either issue.