PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas claimed in a HAARETZ report that he won’t appoint any Hamas ministers to the new unity government unless they first publicly recognize the State of Israel.
By Elad Benari
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday claimed he would not appoint to the Palestinian unity government ministers from Hamas who will not openly and publicly recognize the State of Israel, Haaretz reports.
Hamas deputy leader, sanctioned terrorist Salah Al-Aruri, declared that the group would never agree to give up the armed struggle against “the Zionist regime”. – YouTube screenshot
Abbas’s comments were made during a meeting he held in his headquarters in Ramallah with former Knesset members from the so-called “Parliament of Peace Forum”: former Labor chairman Amram Mitzna, former ministers Ophir Pines-Paz and Raleb Majadele, and former MKs Colette Avital and Taleb el-Sana. Continue Reading »
Hamas’ new leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, stated that the enclave’s government was “opening a new page” with Egypt, having mended their previously strained ties.
Gaza-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for all Palestinian factions to create a unified national government and to hold open elections at a press conference in Gaza on Wednesday.
Haniyeh was elected to head Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza, in May.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vs. Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas – AFP
The Islamist group, considered a terrorist group by the US, EU and Israel, seized control of the territory from Fatah, the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas’s party, in a near civil war in 2007. Continue Reading »