Report: Arab Knesset Member Discusses Ending ‘Israeli Occupation’ in Call with Hamas Leader

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The Times of Israel reports: Joint (Arab) List party leader Ayman Odeh on Tuesday night called Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads the Fatah movement, to congratulate them on the reconciliation talks between their respective movements.

According to a statement, Odeh stressed in both conversations that “all efforts must be made to unite and overcome any disputes in order to end the Israeli occupation.”

Haniyeh told the Israeli lawmaker, whose party holds 13 seats in the Knesset, that he appreciated the conversation as it represents the feelings of the Palestinian people everywhere, according to the statement. He also emphasized his goal of ending the disputes with Abbas’s Fatah and unifying Palestinians against “the occupation,” the statement said.

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