Greenblatt Calls on Palestinians to Recognize Israel, Adopt Nonviolence

  • Greenblatt Calls on Palestinians to Recognize Israel, Adopt Nonviolence

Greenblatt Calls on Palestinians to Recognize Israel, Adopt Nonviolence

After 2007, Hamas started to issue its own legislation for the Gaza Strip and ruled through the caretaker government. "We are coming to Gaza again to deepen the reconciliation and end the split".

In his opening address, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah renewed his pledge to end the rift.

"We are here to turn the page on division, restore the national project to its correct direction and establish the (Palestinian) state", he said.

The Palestinian premier arrived in Gaza on Monday with armed guards and an entourage of West Bank officials to a hero's welcome from thousands of people.

"All control needs to be in the hands of the PA", said Abbas.

Hamas had previously demanded that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas halt a series of measures taken against the movement before sitting down to discuss reconciliation. They also warned that with Hamas no longer in control of Gaza it could return to acting exclusively as a terrorist group and not as a sovereign that must take responsibility.

The United States and the European Union blacklist Hamas as a terrorist organisation, complicating the formation of any potential unity government.

Netanyahu insisted that any Palestinian unity would necessarily come at the expense of Israel's existence, and that he would not allow this.

"Whoever wants to make such a reconciliation, our understanding is very clear: recognise the State of Israel, disband the Hamas military arm, sever the connection with Iran, which calls for our destruction", Netanyahu said.

But analysts remain sceptical about the chances of a wider reconciliation between the two sides.

The Trump administration's worldwide negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, called on the Palestinians on Monday to recognize Israel and commit to nonviolence, while applauding the Palestinian reconciliation efforts amid the latest round of renewed US-led peace efforts in the region.

Hamas does not accept Israel's right to exist.

"I am confident the major world powers, when they see the Palestinian parties are fully aware of the nature of this phase and the importance of dialogue to achieve the goal of peace, will help to realize this peace", he added.