Hamas said on Monday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won’t be
able to visit the Gaza Strip unless he coordinates the visit in advance with the
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the Hamas
government has not yet received any notification about Abbas’s intention to
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He said that such a visit can’t be organized
through the media.
Earlier this week, the PA’s official newspaper,
, quoted Abbas as
saying that he was “seriously” considering visiting
the Gaza Strip.
“I often think of going there,” Abbas said. “But
say perhaps it’s better to wait until we achieve reconciliation [with
Yet it does occur to me sometimes to go there and I’m sure such a visit
help.”Marzouk accuses Abbas of trying to help
Abu Marzouk, deputy chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau,
accused Abbas of exploiting the issue of reconciliation between Hamas
to help Israel in the aftermath of last month’s flotilla aid ship
“There are some who have started talking about
now to help Israel avoid international pressure to lift the blockade on
Strip,” Abu Marzouk said. “Some raised this issue out of good
others did so out of bad intentions.”
The Hamas official
movement’s desire to launch talks with Fatah and other Palestinian
reach agreement over an Egyptian initiative to solve the crisis in the
He confirmed that Hamas has many reservations
the initiative, but said that all parties should place the Palestinians’
interests above other concerns.
Egypt has rejected Hamas’s demand
amend the reconciliation initiative. Last weekend, Egyptian Foreign
Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that Cairo won’t make any changes in the plan and
Hamas to accept it as Fatah has already done.
Hamas is worried
initiative would lead to the return of PA security forces to the Gaza
the dismantlement of its armed wing, Izaddin al-Kassam. Hamas is also
placing the Rafah border crossing under the exclusive control of PA
forces, as was the case before the movement seized full control of the
Strip about three years ago.
Abu Marzouk expressed regret over
refusal to amend the initiative.
“We want the Egyptian sponsors
into consideration the results of the  election [that brought
power] and the Palestinians’ desire to pursue the resistance and extract
rights,” he said. “There is only one program that’s on the table now and
the resistance program.”Hamas says PA arrested its
supporters in West Bank
In a related development,
Hamas accused the PA
security forces of arresting 11 of its supporters in the West Bank in
Among those who were taken into custody was Khaled
prominent Hamas figure in Jenin who was released two months ago from
Hamas said that among those arrested were two students
lecturer from An-Najah University in Nablus. The students were
Mohammed Ghassan and Yehya Awaiseh, while the lecturer was named as Raed
Salah Bardaweel, a Hamas legislator and spokesman in the
Strip, said that the arrest of the top Hamas man in Jenin was one of
“crimes perpetrated by Fatah under the protection of occupation and [US
Lt.-Gen. Keith] Dayton.”
He added that the ongoing crackdown on
Hamas in the West Bank proved that Fatah was not really interested in
Hamas, on the other hand, arrested Palestinian
Nasr Abu Ful and confiscated his personal computer. No reason was given
arrest of the journalist.
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