Mon, Dec 10, 2012 - Page 6 News List

Hamas leader calls for Palestinian unity

AFP, GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories

Founded in 1987 shortly after the start of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, Hamas was inspired by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Its charter calls for the eventual destruction of Israel and the establishment of an Islamic state on the pre-1948 borders of the British Palestine Mandate.

Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal early last year that was supposed to have paved the way for the long-delayed elections in both the West Bank and Gaza, but bickering has hampered its implementation.

Meshaal on Friday promised to “walk down the route of reconciliation, bury the division [with Fatah] and empower unity in order to be aligned as one in the face of the Zionist entity,” Israel.

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