Gaza, ALRAY - Palestinian factions and national figures agreed that the Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's speech is an indicator of advanced steps coming to implement the reconciliation agreement and thus ending the division.
They praised Haniyeh's emphasis on the "timetable" for consecutively implementing the mechanisms of the agreement, including forming a unity government, setting a date for the presidential and legislative elections and the elections of the National Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and providing an atmosphere of internal and public freedoms necessary for running the elections.
Hamas-affiliated MP Khalil al-Haiyah said PM's speech is loaded with several significant headlines that all signify Hamas's willing to end the division.
He added that "The speech's spin point is that the implementation of the outstanding disagreement issues should not start anew, but from what we reached,"
He said "We no more want dialogues to bring us back to square one; but to complete reconciliatory march from where we finished with,"
Haiyah pointed out that the speech carries a reassuring message to Egypt and its people that the Palestinians are committed to Egypt's security as it stands as our depth and back.
For his part, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Kayed al-Ghoul said "Haniyeh's speech handled all forms of legitimate struggle: the diplomatic, the political and the armed resistance to occupation,"
"It's in everyone's interest that all Palestinian political parties share the implementation of reconciliation as a national whole because this national whole will certainly look for national solutions for each of the files of the agreement, so we would surpass any veto that might be used by any of these parties,"
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) urged the Palestinian negotiator to withdraw from the negotiating table with the Israeli occupation and call a referendum to decide the next national stage,"
Leader Saleh Nasser said "the Palestinian side went through negotiations under Arab and foreign pressure," noting that "the U.S. administration decided to revive the negotiations to prevent the Palestinians from going to the United Nations and its institutions, in the forefront of which the International Criminal Court (ICC).
For its part, Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine described Haniyeh 's speech as 'positive and comprehensive'.
Ahmed al-Mudallal, an Islamic Jihad official, said that "the speech is interesting and worth-studying and has touched on important the key issues of the Palestinian cause.
Ahrar (The Free) Movement confirmed in a press statement that "PM's address put a Palestinian national vision to the sticky issues facing the Palestinian people, centered on resistance which represents a fundamental basis for the unity of our people,"
Head of the Administrative Body for NGOs Network Mohsen Abu Ramadan said "the speech was lacking an invitation to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to visit Gaza for the application of a historic reconciliation on the ground.
Abu Ramadan added that "the hoped-for reconciliation requires quitting the mutual media incitement campaigns, political harassment, and violation of democratic freedoms,"
He pointed to "the societal need for reconciliation, especially in light of the ongoing regional changes," calling to take lessons of the Arab transitions through rearranging the Palestinian house as a national priority.
The sessions of the stalled Palestinian reconciliation, throughout its seven years now, were hosted by Mecca , Cairo, Doha and Sanaa.
The Palestinian parties passed through several stages of dialogues before anchoring at last on three agreements calling in their entirety for forming a unified government, restructuring the security services, stopping political arrests, in addition to developing Palestinian Liberation Organization to include all parties, maintaining public freedoms and ultimately holding general elections.
In a key speech delivered Saturday marking the two-year anniversary of Wafa al-Ahrar (prisoner exchange deal), PM Haniyeh addressed significant files relating the Palestinian national rights and resistance, prisoners, Jerusalem, regional developments among others.
Haniyeh said freeing all the prisoners from Israeli jails is on the top of his government's priorities.
He confirmed that resistance of its all forms is the strategic option to the conflict in the region.
PM Haniyeh stressed his trust in the Arab peoples who broke the silence and refused the injustice and supported al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem. “Our greetings to the activists all over the world who support the Palestinian people, especially Rachel Corrie”
He warned of the Israeli plans to divide al-Aqsa mosque spatially and temporally by allowing Israeli settlers and soldiers to break into al-Aqsa Mosque as a prelude to demolish it.
He condemned security coordination and the persecution of resistance in West Bank.