The Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday rejected a call by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to end the political split between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
"Fayyad's call is far away from any national proposal," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoom in Gaza.
Barhoom said Fayyad is the most dangerous person on the Palestinian cause and he is not a part of the Palestinian equation, he is part of the Israeli and American equation."
In an interview with a pan-Arab newspaper, Fayyad had said that "the home must be reunited because this is the way to respond to the Israeli actions." Israel recently launched raids against charities and civilian institutions in the West Bank.
Hamas doesn't recognize Fayyad's government which President Mahmoud Abbas formed in June 2007 when Hamas routed his Fatah forces and took control of the Gaza Strip. Hamas rules the Gaza Strip with a government which was sacked by Abbas.
For Fayyad, the "national dialogue can be held later but the unity (between Gaza and the West Bank) must occur immediately," al- Hayyat newspaper reported.
Hamas wants the dialogue to start first and it demands that the issue of the Gaza takeover be dealt with through the talks, but Fayyad concurs with Abbas' vision that Hamas must give up its control over Gaza to pave the way for dialogue.
Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) delegation was due to head for Yemen on Saturday to discuss proposals for Palestinian reconciliation put forward by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a Hamas spokesman said.
Yemen news agency reported during the few-day visit, the Palestinian delegation will held talks with the political leadership and a number of officials in the government on mechanisms of implementing the Yemeni initiative to end the Palestinian dispute "Sana'a Deal", according to the state-run weekly 26 September.
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