The Hamas terrorist group said early Sunday that accepted key conditions demanded by its rival, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, including nationwide elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to clear the way for a reconciliation deal after a 10-year rift that has left the Palestinians divided.
In a statement issued overnight, Hamas said it was “responding to the generous Egyptian efforts, which reflect the Egyptian desire to end the split and achieve reconciliation, and based on our desire to achieve national unity.”
Hamas said it had dissolved the contentious Administrative Committee that runs Gaza, invited Abbas’s government to return to the Strip, and was ready to hold new elections….
The latest announcement came days after Hamas and Egyptian officials met in Cairo for a reconciliation discussions. Abbas sent a delegation of representatives to Egypt as well.
Hamas officials have been in and out of Cairo frequently over recent months in an attempt to improve its ties with Egypt, a country with which the terror group has had a rocky relationship and is trying to strengthen ties.