Hamas leader abroad says ‘open’ to one Palestinian government for Gaza and West Bank

FILE - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas in Gaza City, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
FILE - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas in Gaza City, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Hamas’s leader abroad Ismail Haniyeh says he is open to a single Palestinian administration to govern Gaza and the 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,” Haniyeh says in a televised address.

Haniyeh says that hostages being held by Gaza terrorists will only be freed from Gaza under conditions set by Hamas.

“The enemy’s prisoners will only be released on terms set by the resistance,” Haniyeh says.

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