Some opinion polls have shown that if parliamentary elections were held today, Hamas would win both in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
In a bid for national unity among Palestinians, Hamas has decided to dissolve its administrative committee in Gaza and expressed its awillingness to hold general elections.
Faced with repeated Israeli military attacks and systemic occupation of their land, Hamas aims to foster dialogue with Fatah and consolidate Palestinian unity.
Hamas released a statement saying that the group “invites the consensus government to come to Gaza to practice its mission and carry out its duties in the Gaza Strip immediately, and it accepts the holding of general elections." It also noted that the group agreed to key conditions outlined by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah, who considered the Hamas government a parallel government.
The Islamist group, which has ruled Gaza since a brief Palestinian civil war in 2007, said it had taken “a courageous, serious and patriotic decision to dissolve the administrative committee” that runs the territory of two million people, and hand power to some form of unity government.
The development would “enable the formation of a national reconciliation government to work in the Gaza Strip and hold ... elections,” Abbas said in a statement on official news agency WAFA.