Daily Israel Report

Turkey Mediates Fatah-Hamas Unity

Turkey hosts Hamas and Fatah leaders trying to reach a final unity pact by June 6, while Iran attempts to undermine the “Zionist pact.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 5/30/2011, 10:34 AM / Last Update: 5/30/2011, 1:13 PM

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Turkey is hosting Hamas and Fatah leaders who are trying to reach a final unity pact by June 6, while Iran attempts to undermine the pact it sees as part of a plot to meet "aspirations of the U.S. and Zionist regime."

Fatah and Hamas leaders have met in Turkey as well as Gaza to hammer out a final unity agreement, including a prisoner exchange, by June 6, but Iran is trying to undermine the proposal.

Nabil Sha’ath, senior aide to Palestinian Authority PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, met in Gaza City on Sunday with de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, one day after other officials of the rival Hamas and Fatah movements held discussions in Turkey.

Sha’ath said that the new proposed unity government will include “independent” members to be approved by the Palestinian Legislative Council for a period of one year. The Council has been defunct since the Hamas military coup that swiped power from Fatah in Gaza four years ago.

The meeting in Gaza was held at Hamas regional headquarters, the first time Fatah leaders have agreed to meet there instead of at Haniyeh's home.

The discussions at Ankara included delegates of left-wing Arab factions and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group.

While Sha’ath is aiming for a June 6 agreement, senior Hamas leader Younus al-Astal, quoted by the Iranian government’s Fars News Agency, charged that “the Fatah movement has opted for deception and intrigues after signing the national reconciliation agreement and seeks to bypass the Constitution."

“Astal cautioned that the Fatah movement has hatched a plot to materialize the wishes and aspirations of the U.S. and the Zionist regime, and said they seek to persuade us to desist from resistance and recognize the Zionist regime, but this is a wish which will never come true,” according to the semi-official news agency.