On Wednesday, Rival Palestinian groups Fatah & Hamas agreed to resume reconciliation dialogues after next week’s Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, said officials from both sides.
Hamas official Mussa Abu Marzuq said, “We agreed to continue the dialogue after the Al-Adha holidays”… “After the feast, we will fix a date”.
Without giving details he added, “We underlined the questions on which we agree, but outstanding issues remain over the question of security, which we must examine”.
A senior Hamas official in the West Bank, Omar Abdul Razek, said that Israel’s arrest of Hamas MP Mahmud al-Ramahi from his home in the territory’s political headquarters Ramallah was intended at destroy the talks.
Abdul Razak said, “There is no justification for Ramahi’s arrest unless Israel’s aim is to sabotage the reconciliation process.”