Hamas: We ‘must’ form unity government to face deal of the century

Hamas Political Chief Ismail Haniyeh (Sefa Karacan - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  March 5, 2020

Head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, said that Palestinians “must” form a unity government that unites all Palestinian institutions and carry out elections in order to face the US “deal of the century”.

Speaking to the media in the Russian capital Moscow on Sunday, Haniyeh said: “Russia rejects the deal of the century which aims to liquidate the Palestinian rights.”

Regarding the meetings with the Russian officials, Haniyeh said: “We discussed the dangers of the deal of the century at the national and regional levels.”

He pointed out that all the Palestinian factions, including the Palestinian Authority reject the deal because it undermines Palestinian constants, on top of which is Jerusalem, which it named as Israel’s undivided capital.

“The Russians have a strong desire and are ready to help us end the division and achieve national unity,” he said.

“We told the Russians that we do not need more agreements because we already have several, including the Prisoners Document adopted in 2006 and the Cairo Agreement reached in 2001, which included five issues: the government, PLO, elections, security and public liberties,” he added.