Palestinian PM: We Can't Go on Without Practical Solutions for Security
Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 - 09:45
Ramallah- Kifah Zboun
In his first statement since the reconciliation, Palestinian Prime Minister
Rami Hamdallah criticized the absence of solutions for the security issues
in Gaza strip.
Hamdallah's statement contradicts with what both Hamas and Fatah are
announcing about the developments achieved. He said that practical solutions
must be devised for the security issue.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Palestinian Industries Exhibition
2017, the PM publicly condemned the absence of an agreement on the
complicated security issue.
Hamdallah said that he had promised to inform the people about the latest
developments concerning the reconciliation, adding that the government works
on the issues accumulated over the years of division and treats them
professionally, despite many obstacles the ministers are facing.
"We have taken responsibility for the crossings, and we have plans to
facilitate the movement of our people. However, this cannot be fully
achieved without practical solutions for the security issue," Hamdallah
Although Hamdallah described taking responsibility for the crossing as a
pivotal step, he considered it a theoretical move with no security forces
being deployed. He said that legitimate security forces are not working in
Gaza, hinting that no mechanism had been achieved since there is no
The PM confirmed that this issue had been postponed between Hamas and Fatah
during the Cairo agreement.
"Therefore, we urge the factions which will meet in Cairo on November 21st
to expedite a solution to the security issue," he stated.
Hamdallah reassured that it is unacceptable to take responsibility for the
crossings without having full control over the security services,
reiterating that: "the government will not be able to continue its work
without perspicuous solutions for the security issue."
The security issue is one of the most difficult and complicated issues
facing the Palestinian reconciliation. The authority wants to reorganize
security forces in Gaza and that is why thousands of former members were
offered retirement after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas opened
recruitment in the strip.
Hamas has about 9,000 security men that it wants to be included in the new
formation, which is currently rejected by the authority.
Controlling Gaza's security means a full control over the strip, which is
why the authority is pushing for this matter and Hamas wants partnership in
In addition, the issue of the weapons of Palestinian factions is not
expected to be discussed in any of Cairo's talks since Hamas, Jihad, and
other factions refuse to handover their weapons or even discuss the matter.
Hamdallah admitted that the issue of security will not be easy, but said it
should be resolved for the government to operate properly. He added that
security must be established which will pave the way for more investments
Hamdallah's criticism is a pressure move to ensure that Palestinian factions
will resolve the issue during the upcoming Cairo talks in Egypt on the 21st
of Novemeber. The talks will be followed by a bilateral meeting between
Hamas and Fatah at the beginning of December to evaluate the progress of the
So far, Hamas and Fatah movements have been avoiding to tackle the issue of
security, but Fatah's official in Gaza Strip Ahmad Halas revealed that Egypt
would oversee the reconstruction of security forces in the strip.
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad stated that the reconciliation
is going on smoothly adding that government's control of the crossings is 50
percent of the process to enable it to execute its duties in the strip. He
added that a meeting will be held to discuss all issues of Cairo's 2005
agreement including the elections, government, civil freedoms,
reconciliation, and integrating Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the Palestinian
Liberation Organization (PLO).
Member of Hamas' Political Bureau Housam Badran described the atmosphere of
the reconciliation as "positive", adding that his movement will continue
after it had taken a strategic decision to end the division.