Rival Palestinian groups unite over Gaza

2012-11-19 22:42

Ramallah - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas said on Monday they had agreed to end their infighting in a show of solidarity over the spiralling Gaza crisis, in which at least 105 Palestinians have been killed.

The elusive agreement between Hamas and Fatah - a less militant movement that runs the West Bank and is viewed by Israel as a possible negotiating partner - was announced following a meeting between senior representatives of both sides.

"From here, we announce with other [factional] leaders, that we are ending the division," Fatah's Jibril Rajoub told a crowd of about 1 000 who had gathered for a demonstration in the West Bank's political centre Ramallah.

Among those present were top members of Hamas's leadership in the West Bank, as well as senior officials from its smaller rival Islamic Jihad.

Ramallah's Manara Square was a sea of Palestinian flags as the crowd chanted "Unity!" and "Hit, hit Tel Aviv" in an appeal to Hamas militants who have fired at least five rockets at the Israeli coastal city since Thursday.

"Whoever speaks about the division after today is a criminal," top Hamas leader Mahmud al-Ramahi told the crowd.

Fatah and Hamas - its power limited to Gaza and its leadership refusing to recognise Israel - have been locked in a bitter dispute for years, and little has emerged from an interim truce the two sides struck in April last year.

Palestinian Prime Minister Minister Salam Fayyad - a Fatah member - said in a statement that there was "an urgent need to respond positively" to the idea of a meeting between all Palestinian groups in both Gaza and the West Bank.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 03:04

    This is potentially a good thing. Palestinians have to have a main voice to create peace. They're like rabid dogs at the moment though, having allowed themselves to be manipulated by the Assad's and Khomeini's of this world, with Israel as their false enemy, to serve the interests of these dictators.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 08:34

      "Whoever speaks about the division after today is a criminal," top Hamas leader Mahmud al-Ramahi told the crowd" Says a lot about this guy who in one sentence suddenly can make something he himself had been doing for ages, a criminal act. Violence has so become part of their lives and they are so addicted to it, that they will do anything to perpetuate it. But however you want to look at things, they have to take the eradication of Israel off the agenda. No democracy, nor any other half decent country in the world, will allow a sovereign state to be "wiped out" Axiomatic as it seems, but that is a fact. So they can stop with the rockets and sit around a table. Or carry on and allow more civilians to be killed. Israel ain't Libia, Egypt or Syria......

  • shahied.mohamed.9 - 2012-11-20 05:16

    Generally the remarks posed by those(news24) in favour of pro Israeli agression gives the impression of persons of low intelligence.Surely you should be ashamed of your childish behaviour and stupidity.You are a reflection of the Israeli Zionist Goverment !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 05:30

      "In favour of pro-Israeli aggression". What does that mean?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 05:31

      And what do you make of Fawaaz Lakay's comment above?

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-11-20 06:12

      shahied basically means that since we do not find his version of a common ground (muslim) and support terror, that we are somehow bias towards another religious ground (judaism). not for a moment does he suspect that we may actually have formed an opposing view point based upon evidence that we have sourced or experienced.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-20 06:26

      An intelligent person might consider the term pro-Israel self-defence. What makes you yhink that you have some intelligence Shahied.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-11-20 06:49

    That can't be helped. Israel's best prospect is the fullest co-operation with Egypt.

  • Gorden Park - 2012-11-20 07:46

    Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and so on can talk the talk but are careful because they are scared of Israel and know what happened to them in the past.

  • john.thelps - 2012-11-20 07:47

    If you give it you must be prepared to take it. At least Israel do not fir indiscriminately like the terrorists. Ever rocket is shot with a purpose. The problem is that these cowards use innocent citizens as shields.

      William - 2012-11-20 13:37

      These rockets John?

  • michael.taylorw - 2012-11-20 10:23

    Very interesting.

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