Channel revealedIt was“The Israeli, Friday, March 19, 2021, about a meeting between Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, earlier this week, in which the head of the Israeli intelligence service sent a” strong warning “to the Palestinian president not to go to the elections with the participation of Hamas, but Abu Mazen refused, according to the channel.
The meeting, which was revealed by the Israeli channel, said that it came after a direct break in communication between the two parties for a long time, and dealt with 3 main topics, the most important of which are the Palestinian elections, political partnership with Hamas, and the second is the investigation of the International Criminal Court.
For his part, the head of the Shin Bet sent Abu Mazen a message in which he confirmed that the head of the authority was committing grave mistakes, and that he would find it difficult to retract them later, and that would lead to the loss of his prestige and political power, according to his claim.
The channel also indicated that, coinciding with the meeting between Argaman and Abu Mazen, an American delegate secretly arrived at the boycott and presented Abu Mazen with a similar warning.
According to the channel, there is a great fear in both Israel and the United States that the Fatah and Hamas negotiations that were held in Cairo, and the resulting political solutions and upcoming elections, would lead to the re-positioning of Hamas in the West Bank and the movement’s assumption of some ministerial portfolios in the next Palestinian government.
Hamas proposal .. and the split of Fatah
The deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas, Saleh al-Arouri, had suggested to Fatah Secretary Jibril Rajoub to participate in the Palestinian elections within a joint list, within a formula that guarantees the two movements allocating 40% of the seats to each of them, and another 20% to smaller factions.
Although this proposal is rejected by the Palestinian President, as any list is required for Fatah to have a share of 51% of the seats, negotiations between the two parties are still ongoing.
Meanwhile, it beckons Internal Fatah crisis On the horizon of preparing for the elections, as Abu Mazen, Arafat’s nephew Nasser Al-Kidwa, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs, was expelled from the movement this week and stopped the transfer of funds to the “Arafat Foundation” headed by Al-Qudwa.
While Al-Kidwa himself made it clear that he intends to preside over a list of candidates before the official list of Fatah, Marwan Barghouti made it clear from his cell that his men will run in the elections independently of the list approved by Abu Mazen, and he will run for the Palestinian presidential elections next August.
Not only that, also Muhammad Dahlan, who spends his time between Abu Dhabi and Cairo, has made it clear that he intends to run in the Palestinian elections under the name of “the democratic current,” which may also be taken from the balance of Fatah.
The Palestinian president’s signature of the decree to hold the Palestinian elections was an important step on the road to reconciliation and unification of the Palestinian ranks, divided between Fatah, which has been handling matters in the West Bank, and Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip for nearly 15 years, especially after the measures taken by the former US president to transfer the Washington embassy to Jerusalem. Occupied, and giving the green light to Tel Aviv to annex most of the West Bank.
In this context, the Palestinian talks came in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, which began on Monday, February 8, where the Fatah delegation headed by Jibril Rajoub and the Hamas delegation led by Saleh al-Arouri must try to remove the legal, security and technical obstacles for the sake of the safety of the Palestinian elections.
In addition to Fatah and Hamas, all major Palestinian factions and parties participate in the Cairo meetings, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.