Hamas to back 'Palestinian' statehood bid
In a somewhat surprising move, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal has decided to back the 'Palestinian Authority's bid to have the United Nations General Assembly endorse their reichlet
The decision by Hamas was unexpected. It does not recognize Israel's right to exist and has dismissed previous attempts by Abbas
to promote the Palestinian cause on the diplomatic stage.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the group
backed any political gain Abbas could achieve at the United Nations "without
causing any harm to the national Palestinian rights".
chief Khaled Mashaal, who lives in exile, told Abbas by telephone of his
movement's change of heart, Hamas said in a statement.
In his conversation with Abbas, Mashaal stressed the
need for reconciliation between the two factions, especially in the wake of the
Israeli offensive, which was ended thanks to a ceasefire deal brokered by
"This signals that Hamas is showing greater flexibility towards
reconciliation than any time before," said Gaza political analyst Hani
Speaking to hundreds of supporters in the West Bank city of
Ramallah on Sunday, Abbas vowed he would speed up unity efforts after he returns
from the UN vote.
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