Two prominent officials of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement "Fatah" and the Islamic resistance "Hamas" said on Thursday that the two movements agreed to unify their efforts in confronting the American plan for peace in the Middle East known in the media as the "Deal of the Century" and the Israeli "annexation" of parts of the West Bank.
This came in a joint press conference between the Secretary of the Central Committee of the "Fatah" movement, Gabriel Rajoub, who was in the West Bank city of Ramallah, and Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy head of the political bureau of "Hamas" who participated via video technology from the Lebanese capital Beirut.
Rajoub said at the conference, "We are 100% consistent with Hamas, in facing the challenges facing our cause."
"Today's meeting is the result of contacts between the two movements, and we started joint field work in the last period," he added. He pointed out that his movement wants to open a new page with Hamas.
The Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza Strip) lands have been dominated by political division since June 2007, due to sharp differences between the Fatah and Hamas movements.
"Today we will go out with one voice and under one flag, and work to build a strategic vision, as an entitlement to face challenges, regarding the leadership of the street with the participation of all factions, away from the contradictions and sediments in the relationship."
"We will open a new page, and we will provide a model for our people, families and martyrs." Rajoub continued, "What I am talking about, represents the Central Committee (of the Fatah movement) and our decision unanimously, and at the head of us is President (Mahmoud Abbas), we are facing a united and joint stage of struggle."
"This is a historic opportunity to maintain this momentum and national, regional and international consensus, as an incubator of the state project to confront this occupation," he said.
The position of "Hamas"
For his part, Al-Arouri called on the deputy head of the "Hamas" movement "Fatah" to freeze all issues that have internal differences between them, in order to reach a strategic and substantive agreement, in order to confront the existential danger to which the Palestinian issue is exposed.
He continued, "We and the Fatah movement were not different in confronting the occupation and confronting its plans (...) We must stand a real and sincere stand to confront and thwart this project."
Al-Arouri reaffirmed his movement's "readiness to unite and patriotic action, and to make sacrifices to confront the occupation and achieve victory."
The Hamas official praised the Palestinian president's stances of rejecting "concessions to the occupation." He added, "None of the national powers can accept compromise solutions in the options presented by the American occupation and administration."
Al-Arouri expressed his support for his movement for all political, diplomatic and legal steps that the Palestinian leadership is taking, as it is the most capable of addressing the international community. He indicated that his movement "will continue all kinds of struggle and resistance against the annexation project."
He called on the Palestinian people to "continuously work at the field and political levels to thwart the annexation project." Al-Arouri warned that Israel's success in the annexation process would "open its appetite for swallowing all Palestinian lands."
He said that Israel plans to displace West Bank residents, with the aim of controlling it and fully annexing its sovereignty.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set July 1 (yesterday, Wednesday) as the date for starting the process of annexing large areas of the West Bank, but he has not taken any decision on this matter yet.
In the annexation scheme, Israel relies on the plan of US President Donald Trump, known as the "Deal of the Century", which he announced last January.
And the Palestinian leadership has previously announced that it is in a "solution" of the agreements with Israel, in response to the "annexation" scheme.
Refused to annex
For his part, head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement "Hamas" Ismail Haniyeh, Thursday, called on the Arab and Islamic nations to support the Palestinian people, in the face of Israeli "annexation" schemes.
Haniyeh said, in a statement, "I call on our Arab and Islamic nation to adopt and support the unified Palestinian position, in the phase of national liberation that we are fighting, and to support the steadfastness of our heroic people and their valiant resistance."
He also called on the Palestinian forces to "reinforce joint action in all arenas, at home and abroad, to engage in a comprehensive confrontation with the occupation, so that it will defeat our Palestinian land, in the heart of which is Jerusalem and our Islamic and Christian sanctities, the return of our refugees and the liberation of our families."
Haniyeh praised the holding of a "joint conference between the Fatah and Hamas movements, which resulted in the two movements agreeing to unify their efforts to confront the Israeli annexation plan for large parts of the occupied West Bank.
On the other hand, Jordan and Lebanon warned, on Thursday, of the danger of the Israeli annexation of the Palestinian territories, to undermine the peace process in the region.
This came in press statements broadcast by the Jordanian television, to the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi, and his Lebanese counterpart Nassif Even, during a visit by the latter to the Jordanian capital Amman.
Al-Safadi said that his country rejects the Israeli annexation plans, and this step is considered "a flagrant violation of international law."
The Lebanese minister described the Israeli annexation as "very dangerous" in terms of repercussions and repercussions, and considered the decision "an Israeli attempt to put a final end to a peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue."