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Fatah accuses former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon of planning violent coup and takeover of Gaza by Hamas in 2007

Headline: “Fatah: What Hamas is carrying out in Gaza is the implementation of ‘the deal of the century’ that includes relinquishing Jerusalem and the right of return”

“The Fatah Movement emphasized that Hamas’ coup against the legitimate Palestinian national leadership in 2007 (see note below –Ed.) – which was planned by [former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon and carried out by Hamas (sic., Sharon dismantled all Jewish towns and withdrew the Israeli army from the Gaza Strip in 2005, leaving it under PA control. Sharon fell into a permanent coma in January 2006, before the Hamas coup –Ed.) – was the beginning of the implementation of ‘the deal of the century’ (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.). It added that what Hamas is plotting today against the Palestinian people, and its relinquishing of [the people’s] fundamental principles, primarily Jerusalem, explain its rejection and thwarting of all the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation efforts that have been invested in recent years.”

2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah won the 2005 Palestinian Authority Presidential election. However, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with a majority of 74 out of 132 seats, to Fatah’s 45 seats. Fatah’s rule of the PA Presidency and Hamas’ rule of the PA government led to friction and eventually armed conflict between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas defeated Fatah militarily in the Gaza Strip in 2007, and since then Hamas rules in Gaza while the PA continues to rule the West Bank under Fatah.