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Haniyeh vows PA unity government by next week

Palestinian prime minister and Hamas leader says Fatah-Hamas unity government will be set up next week
Ali Waked

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Thursday that a Palestinian unity would be formed next week.


Haniyeh made the comments during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new campus of the Islamic University in the former Jewish settlement of Netzarim.


"We are facing a new period and we need to spare no effort to form a national unity government based on the implementation of the Mecca Accord now that we succeeded in ending the internecine violence," Haniyeh said, referring to talks between Hamas and Fatah in the Saudi capital that ended months of violence between the rival factions.


In another development, Hamas officials issued called on the Islamic group's military wing to attack Israeli targets "in response to Israeli crimes in Nablus and Jenin."


Israel ended a five-day offensive in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday aimed at capturing wanted terror suspects and destroying arms factories.


The call marks a turn in the group's policy which has so far been limited to verbal condemnations of Israel.


A Palestinian security official told Ynet that Hamas could respond to Israel's operation in Nablus once the unity government is formed by firing Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip or even dispatching a suicide bomber.


Former Netzarim settlers received the news of plans to establish a campus of the Islamic University on the rubbles of their former homes with great sadness.


"It hurts me greatly to hear about the plans to build a campus of the Islamic University in Netzarim in a place where our house stood," said Tsurit Yarhi-Netzarim who has been living in a caravan since the summer of 2005 when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip.