Hamas Refuses to Disarm, Threatens to Send Weapons to West Bank

Posted November 29, 2017

On the security level, Hayya pointed out that his movement "wants to complete the security file in line with the Cairo Agreement", and asked Fatah to send a security delegation from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip to discuss the security issue.

Although the argument is being made that Hamas will be sitting in a government that as a body accepts the preconditions including recognition of Israel, adherence to previously-signed agreements and non-violence so the Palestinian entity should not be penalized, many United States lawmakers reject the logic and will demand that Hamas lay down its arms.

Internal differences within Fatah over reconciliation with Hamas

Since the Palestinian reconciliation process began in November, Hamas delegations led by Hamas's number two Saleh al-Arouri have twice visited Iran and met with senior Iranian officials. Palestinian officials say Abu Zeid is responsible for overseeing the Hamas handover of authority to the PA.

Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since it took over the enclave in 2007, are now in the midst of a reconciliation process that began in October.

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Multiple previous reconciliation attempts between the Palestinian factions have failed.

Qawasmi said implementation of the reconciliation agreement that was signed on October 12 in Cairo is progressing slowly, adding that Fatah has maintained from the outset that "the path of ending the division, which lasted for 11 years, is not paved with flowers". As of Sunday, Palestinian Authority Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said that Fatah has only been able to assume control over 5% of Gaza, which remains under the military and political control of Hamas.

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An Egyptian security delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon ahead of the December 1 deadline in order to supervise the full transfer of power from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority.

In Gaza, which Hamas has ruled since seizing it in 2007, there are no settlers after Israel withdrew in 2005.

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