Official says reconciliation top priority following UN bid

NABLUS (Ma’an) Following the successful UN move to upgrade Palestine’s status, a former PA official Wednesday announced that political reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is the Palestinian Authority’s top priority.

Former PA official and Hamas member Nasser al-Shaer told Ma’an that President Abbas chaired a meeting with PLO members, Fatah’s Central Committee and prominent national figures on Tuesday to discuss how to start a political reconciliation process.

Reconciliation efforts will begin in two weeks’ time where several committees will be set up to monitor the political and organizational process following Palestine’s upgrade to non-member observer status.

The former official added that the leadership will continue working internationally in order to consolidate the Palestinian state and activate an effective political process to end Israel’s 45-year long occupation and simultaneously continue to build Palestine’s national institutions.

After the Islamist group won parliamentary elections in 2006, Hamas and Fatah fought bitterly which resulted in two separate governments in Gaza and the West Bank a year later.

An Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas has repeatedly stalled, but Israel’s eight-day war on the Gaza Strip, which ended on Nov. 21, gave political impetus to ending the division.

Source: Ma’an News Agency