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Fatah Delegation to Visit Gaza in New 'Unification' Bid

Sa'eb Erekat and other top Fatah terror group officials are practically begging Hamas to 'return' to the leadership of the PA
By Dalit Halevy
First Publish: 4/13/2014, 5:17 PM

PA Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat
PA Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat
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Azzam al-Ahmad, a top Fatah leader who is responsible for the terrorist group's intra-Palestinian affairs, said Sunday that a committee that has been working on a “unity agreement” with Hamas is set to visit Gaza in the coming days. Hamas head Khaled Mashaal agreed to the visit in a phone call with Al-Ahmad, he said.

Ahmad said that Fatah and Hamas had in recent weeks held “high-level meetings” to advance the ageement between the two terror groups. He said that the situation faced by the Palestinian Authority required unity between the terror groups as a matter of “national responsibility” to deal with the challenges facing it.

Sa'eb Erekat, who is responsible for the PA's negotiations with Israel, recently called on Hamas to join with Fatah, stressing that Hamas is a “legitimate Palestinian movement, and it has not ever nor will ever be a terror group.”

Erekat advocated adding Hamas to the Palestinian National Council, and electing a new PA council that would include Hamas terrorists.