‘Hamas’ Seeks ‘Progressive’ Deal for Calm in Gaza

Hamas officials Husam Badran (C) and Khalil al-Hayya (2nd-R) attend a meeting with Palestinian factions in Gaza City on August 5, 2018

The “Hamas” leadership is working on a “progressive” agreement with Israel on ending marches organized at the border with the Gaza Strip and on the cessation of hostilities between Israel and the movement, including incendiary balloons in exchange for lifting the latest economic blockade imposed on the enclave.

At a meeting with representatives of the Palestinian Arab organizations in Gaza, “Hamas” leaders informed Palestinian factions about the latest discussions on the deal without offering any other explanations.

Informed Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that talks are under way on an agreement between “Hamas” and Israel to first open the Karam Abu Salem commercial border crossing and to expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast in return for halting all attacks on the border.

The second part of the agreement includes the exchange of prisoners and captives.

Husam Badran, a member of the “Hamas” politburo, offered Sunday assurances that the movement would not agree to establish a state in Gaza and would not reach any political arrangement without Palestinian national consensus.

However, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Fatah Movement accused “Hamas” of working “individually” on implementing the “shady” agreement.

Senior PLO official Ahmed Majdalani said any agreement with Israel should not be limited to “Hamas.”

The movement does not have the authority to strike any deal with Israel, he said.

Fatah criticized “Hamas” for being involved in “shameful negotiations” with Israel, saying the deal aims “to separate Gaza from the homeland and establish a small state which would be the graveyard for our national project.”

However, the Israeli TV channel 10 quoted sources on Sunday as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Army believe there are no chances for a true agreement with “Hamas.”

(Source / 06.08.2018)

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