Hamas says it agrees to talks with rival Fatah as well as general elections.
By Elad Benari – Arutz Sheva
The Hamas terrorist group said on Saturday it agrees to talks with its rival Fatah, Reutersreports.
In a statement, the group also expressed willingness to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections.
Hamas and Fatah, which is headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, have been at odds since 2007, when Hamas violently took control of Gaza in a bloody coup, and all attempts to reconcile the sides have failed.
A unity government between the sides collapsed in 2015 when Abbas decided to dissolve it amid a deepening rift between the sides.
The tensions have escalated recently after Hamas established an administrative board tasked with running the day-to-day affairs in Gaza. The move has escalated tensions between Hamas and the PA, which recently finally acknowledged that it has no control over Gaza and has been trying to force it to return control of the enclave by creating economic pressure on the group.
In a sign that reconciliation talks could restart, Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh this past week expressed a willingness to begin talks with Fatah following meetings with senior Egyptian officials.
Later, sources in Fatah said that a delegation on behalf of the group will visit Cairo within the coming days in an attempt to resolve the longstanding Fatah-Hamas conflict.