The Palestinian Prime Minister has suggested that he may step down if it ends a Western embargo against his government. Ismail Haniyeh says he will not head a unity government which he hopes will be in place within three weeks. It comes after months of stop-start talks with the opposition Fatah movement and internal violence that has raised fears of civil war.
The United States and Europe imposed santions on the Palestinian Authority when Hamas took power in March because of the group’s refusal to recognise Israel and renounce violence. Haniyeh told worshippers at a Gaza mosque that he is prepared to resign in the interest of restoring hundreds of millions of euros of withheld aid.
He also referred to Wednesday’s widely condemned killing of 18 Palestinian civilians in an Israeli artillery strike on Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip. Earlier, hundreds of people took to the streets in Nablus as part of the ongoing protests.
Palestinian authorities want the US government to form an “international investigation committee in the UN Security Council” to look into the killings.