TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A Hamas spokesman criticized the Palestinian Authority (PA) for resumption of security cooperation with the Israeli regime, saying it would endanger Palestinian unity.

“Hamas is surprised of the PA’s resumption of security coordination and cooperation with the Zionist regime,” the Palestinian resistance movement’s spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said in a statement released on Thursday.

He described the move as a grave danger to the Palestinian people, its unity and its legitimate rights including the right to resist the occupation, according to the Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV network.  

It quoted PA Police Chief Hazem Atallah as saying on Wednesday that all branches of the PA security forces fully restored security cooperation with Israel two weeks ago.

In July, PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced that security coordination with the Tel-Aviv regime was halted in response to Israel’s placement of metal detectors near the entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Hamas and the West Bank based Fatah reached a national reconciliation deal in October to end a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo.

The Palestinian leadership has been divided between Fatah and Hamas since 2006, when the latter scored a landslide victory in parliamentary elections in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has ever since been running the coastal enclave, while Fatah has been based in the autonomous parts the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Previous reconciliation attempts by the two sides to form a power-sharing unity government in Gaza and the West Bank have failed.