GAZA: Leaders of Palestinian factions, including the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), on Monday slammed the meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

Hamas spokesman in Gaza Hazem Qassem said the meeting "would deepen the Palestinian internal division," adding "it will encourage some parties in the region to normalize ties with Israel."

Spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Tareq Silmi said in a statement that the group rejects the meeting, adding "it is a stab in the back of the Palestinian people who suffer and struggle against the occupation."

Meanwhile, the Palestinian left-wing factions, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, slammed the meeting, calling on Abbas that he should resolve the internal split and regain unity "instead of meeting Israelis."