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Haniyeh Says Hamas Is Open to One Government for Gaza and West Bank

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said he is open to a single Palestinian administration to govern the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank. “We have received numerous initiatives concerning the internal (Palestinian) situation and we are open to the idea of a national government for the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” Haniyeh, said in an address televised on Al Jazeera on Jan. 2.

Based in Qatar, Haniyeh discussed a second possible pause to the fighting. “The enemy’s prisoners will only be released on terms set by the resistance,” Haniyeh said. Hamas had insisted any future exchange of prisoners with the Israel side could not take place before the end of the Israeli aggression on Gaza.