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National campaign begins to reject a 'temporary state solution'

Aug. 27, 2015 8:31 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2015 10:37 A.M.)
(AFP/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A campaign has been launched throughout the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip against any potential agreement reached through indirect talks between Hamas and Israel, officials said Thursday.

Jamal Jawarish, a Fatah leader and the coordinator of the campaign, told Ma'an that a series of national and tribal meetings have been held during the past weeks to reject “unilateral” solutions and what he termed the “Blair Mashal agreement” regarding a temporary state.

Leaders of the Hamas movement -- the de facto governing body of the Gaza Strip -- have confirmed that the indirect talks have been held over the past months, reports that Israel has so far denied.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is said to be one of the mediators of the talks.

Triggered by the potential deal, Fatah, national and tribal leaders started a campaign titled “The popular campaign to reject the temporary state and devote national unity,” Jawarish told Ma’an.

Jawarish added that that the campaign is set to begin practical steps in the coming two days, without elaborating on what steps will be taken.

Head of the national campaign in the Gaza Strip, Muhammad Maqadmeh, told Ma'an that this national movement will be a precedent in ending internal national division and rejecting temporary solutions that threaten the national project.

Earlier this month Arab and Turkish media reported that Israel and Hamas were holding talks aimed at reaching an eight or 10 year truce, with Israel removing its blockade on the coastal Palestinian territory.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the talks at the time, and the body’s dominating party Fatah has alleged that they will further divide Palestinians politically and geographically.

"The Hamas-Blair agreement ... paves the way for division and the isolation of the Gaza Strip," said Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf at the time.

This, he added, would help "Israel to achieve its goal of preventing the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders" and including Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, he said.

Hamas sources said earlier this month that the talks are "solely humanitarian, not political.”

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal stressed on Aug. 21 that Hamas is open to all suggestions for a lasting truce on the condition that the deal would not interfere with Palestinian rights or national interests.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been comatose since a major US push for a final deal ended in failure in April 2014.
Comments
Three / Truths
-1- The "National Project" of statehood on 1967 lines is more dead than "threaten".
-2- Israel will Not remove its blockade for "an eight or 10 year truce" (only peace) either, so
-3- Palestinians Are Probably Not being Offered Anything To "Reject", except remaining forever stateless !!
27/08/2015 21:16
Joe Fattal / USA
The "Huffington Post" did say that a deal is at reach between Hamas and Israel to lift the siege and create a waterway between Gaza and Cyprus. There is truth in the report regardless if Israel deny it or not.
27/08/2015 21:48
Gaza Resident / Palestine
There's only one thing that threatens the national project and it's not our brave resistance.
27/08/2015 22:06
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