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Fatah welcomes Hamas ’call for national unity to confront “annexation”

The Palestinian National Liberation Movement “Fatah” welcomed, Sunday, the invitation of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” to “unify the Palestinian efforts”, in the face of the decision to annex Israel to large areas of West Bank lands. 

“The hands of (Fatah) are always extended to unity, and unity is one of the most important pillars of the Palestinian national struggle, and without it, it is not possible to confront the occupation, the century deal, and the annexation plan,” said Secretary of the Central Committee of the “Fatah” movement, Gabriel Rajoub, in a statement.

He continued, “This dangerous reality requires all of us to put our internal caliphate aside and unite in a Palestinian national front to drop the conspiracies of annexation. Our people first and the world that is in solidarity with us today await from us such a decisive step to end the division and restore national unity.”

In a statement Saturday, Hamas movement called for “achieving the unity of the Palestinian position to strengthen internal unity, agreeing on a comprehensive national plan to confront and resist the occupation, and thwart its dangerous projects, as a basic premise in ending and eliminating the occupation and restoring national rights.”

The movement called for “holding a scheduled national leadership meeting to agree on a comprehensive national strategy to confront and resist occupation plans and achieve national unity.”

Fatah welcomes Hamas ’call for national unity to confront "annexation"

Since 2007, the political divide prevails in the territories of the Palestinian Authority, due to the differences of Hamas and Fatah, and many mediation and agreements have not succeeded in ending it.

Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his government’s intention to annex the Jordan Valley and all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to Israeli sovereignty, with an area of up to 30 percent of the West Bank.

In response, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced last month that the Palestine Liberation Organization was terminating agreements with Israel because of the annexation decision.

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