The Egyptian effort to mediate between Hamas and Fatah has resumed, Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said Thursday. Abu Yousef said that senior Egyptian intelligence officer Muhammad Ibrahim will meet the Palestinian Authority senior leadership under Mahmoud Abbas next week, and will also confer with leaders of other “streams and national forces” in order to end the rift within the PA.
In an interview with Arab news agency Quds.net, Abu Yousef said that Muhammad Ibrahim’s visit to the PA signals that Egypt has gone back to its role in sponsoring reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. Ibrahim may arrive in Ramallah on Monday, said the PLO official, and is expected to call for a large meeting of the PA factions.
A representative of so-called “independents” within the PA, Yasser Alwadia, said that all of the PA forces and streams have been invited to take part in a consultation on Sunday in Gaza, in order to discuss ending the schism within the PA and establishing a “national rescue government.”
Both Hamas and Fatah are terror militias that also have political sections. Since 1993, Israeli governments have treated Fatah as a legitimate political force, despite the fact that it continues to honor terrorist child-murderers while its subgroups take pride in point-blank executions of Jewish civilians.
Under deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, then-Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman was the person in charge of reconciling the feuding terror militias. Suleiman is now the Deputy President of Egypt but he announced that Mubarak had transferred his powers to the army.
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