Report: Hamas accepts unity deal with Fatah

Reports say Hamas accepted a unity deal with Fatah proposed by Egyptian Al-Sisi, but Abbas refused it.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi

The Hamas organization, which rules Gaza, has accepted a unity deal with the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Fatah party proposed by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, i24news reported Sunday, citing Arabic media.

According to the report, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who heads Fatah, has not accepted the proposal after it was offered to him by Sisi in July. The deal stipulates that the PA would be committed to ending the actions it has taken against Gaza since April.

Abbas initially accepted the deal but then refused and presented a counter offer for a reconciliation agreement, according to i24news.

Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction have been at odds since 2007, when Hamas violently took control of Gaza in a bloody coup.

A unity government between Hamas and Fatah collapsed in 2015 when Abbas decided to dissolve it amid a deepening rift between the sides.

In recent months, Fatah has finally acknowledged that it has no control over Gaza and is now trying to force it to return control of the enclave by creating economic pressure on the group, most notably by cutting electricity supplies to Gaza through Israel.

In addition, the PA also recently decided to force more than 6,000 employees in Gaza into early retirement. It later halted salary payments to more than 30 lawmakers affiliated with Hamas.

On Saturday, Abbas said at a gathering in Ramallah that the measures against Hamas will continue until Hamas accepts his demands for reconciliation.