An Islamic Jihad leader said Thursday that joining an “interim leadership framework” of the PLO did not necessarily mean it had formally joined the Palestinian body.
Khaled Al-Batsh told Ma’an that joining the organization requires a clear framework for how the PLO will be restructured.
He added that if there was an agreement concerning these issues, Islamic Jihad would become a member in the organization. However, if there was no agreement, the group said it was still willing to contribute.
“We’re now in the phase of national dialogue,” he said. “We’re in the interim leadership framework, which will handle restructuring the PLO, and we hope to succeed.”
Al-Batsh stressed on the necessity of the PLO to be a reference point for the Palestinian people. He urged unity that would focus foremost on the conflict with Israel to restore Palestinian rights.