The first time since 2013, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh staged a rare show of unity on Thursday to underline their rejection of the US-backed normalisation deal between Israel and the UAE.
"We cannot accept anyone speaking in our name. We have never allowed it, and we will not allow it, ever," Abbas said. "We must restore our national unity, put an end to division and establish a unified Palestinian position... to confront projects directed against our people," said the Hamas chief via video link.
“In a final communique released after the talks, the Palestinian factions announced they had approved the creation, within five weeks, of a joint committee to organise 'the popular resistance' and 'put an end to the divisions' between themselves.”