Hamas chief says 'open' to one Palestinian govt for Gaza and West Bank

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Jan 2024

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday he is open to a single Palestinian administration to govern the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh


"We have received numerous initiatives concerning the internal (Palestinian) situation and we are open to the idea of a national government for the West Bank and Gaza Strip," Haniyeh, who is based in Qatar, said in a televised address.

In an address broadcast by Al Jazeera, the Hamas chief also addressed discussions over a second possible pause to the fighting.

A previous truce in November paved the way for the exchange of half the 250 Israeli captives who were captured by Hamas on 7 October with more than 300 women and minors out of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners who have been in Israeli jails for years.

"The enemy's prisoners will only be released on terms set by the resistance," Haniyeh said.

Hamas had insisted any future exchange of prisoners with the Israel side could not take place before the end of the Israeli aggression on Gaza. 

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