In a sign of a possible rapproachment between Fatah and Hamas a senior Fatah leader is visiting the Gaza strip today. The on-off national dialogue talks hosted by the Egyptians have made little progress, but this has to be a hopeful sign. Shaath described Hamas 'as his brothers'. No mention of the sisters by the way.
A senior member of Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah party made a rare visit to the Israeli-besieged Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday in a bid to encourage stalled reconciliation efforts.
Nabil Shaath, a member of the central committee of the secular Fatah, said he hoped to meet representatives from all the Palestinian factions including democratically elected Hamas, which seized Gaza control in June 2007.
"I want to see the citizens and their situation in Gaza. I am coming to part of the (Palestinian) homeland and I don't need a visa," he told reporters after passing through the Erez border crossing from Israel.