Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he would discuss plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including longtime rivals Hamas.

Meeting with senior Palestinian leaders in the PA’s administrative capital of Ramallah in the West Bank, Abbas renewed a pledge to hold the polls — the first since 2006 — but without giving a timeframe.

He announced that they had formed committees to “communicate with the election commission and factions such as Hamas and all factions, as well as with the Israeli authorities.”

He said any elections should take place in “the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.”

Hamas and Fatah have been at loggerheads since 2007, when the terror group seized Gaza and threw out Abbas’s forces, which retained control of the internationally recognized Palestinian government, based in the West Bank.

No parliamentary elections have been held since 2006, with the two sides trading blame.

Multiple attempts at reconciliation have failed and analysts say new elections are impossible without improved relations.

Hamas said in a statement Saturday that it did not “know what Abu Mazen means by general election,” using the common nickname for Abbas.

The terror group said it had already committed itself to elections.

Read the full article at Times of Israel

Related Articles:

Finland bans largest neo-Nazi group in the country

Finland’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a neo-Nazi organization illegal, saying it did not qualify for protection under freedom of speech or assembly as its activities...

Romania: Holocaust memorial smashed by unknown vandals

Târgu Mureş - Unknown vandals smashed the pedestal of the Târgu Mureş Holocaust Memorial last week. Zoltán Soós, the candidate for mayor, drew attention to the news in a...

President Trump tells UN: “We intend to deliver more peace agreements shortly”

President Donald Trump used his speech at the United Nations General Assembly to speak of his successes in bringing about peace deals in the Middle East as well as stating...

Israeli Air Force makes history: First female F-35 pilot

Twenty years after the first woman took to the skies as Israel’s first combat pilot, the Israel Air Force has made history with its first female F-35 pilot. Cpt. S. flew...

Hezbollah has explosives stored across Europe, says US official

Hezbollah has smuggled explosives, including ammonium nitrate, to Europe where it has a network of stores, a senior US State Department official disclosed on Thursday...

We call upon the UK Government to officially recognise Jerusalem is Israel's capital and move its embassy to Jerusalem.