As Hamas prepares to mark the third anniversary of its violent takeover of the
Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority officials in the West Bank voiced deep concern
over what they described as attempts to “legitimize” the Islamist movement’s
A PA official in Ramallah said on Tuesday that the flotilla
incident two weeks ago had played into the hands of Hamas.RELATED:'UN to transfer flotilla aid to Gaza'Hamas nixes Abbas' reconciliation talks
assault on the aid ships on May 31 has boosted Hamas,” the official
“It came as gift from heaven to Hamas.”
The official said
that while the PA supported the lifting of the blockade on the Gaza
was worried that such a move would further embolden Hamas and its allies
Damascus and Teheran.
“We must prevent Hamas from benefiting from
[flotilla] incident,” the official said.
“We want to see the
the Gaza Strip lifted. But at the same time we must be careful not to
Hamas to reap the fruits and consolidate its control over the Gaza
Strip.”PA outraged over Arab League
secretary-general visit to Gaza
The PA is said to be outraged
over a visit to the Gaza Strip
earlier this week by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.
visit legitimizes the Hamas coup,” another official said. “We need to
Arab world and the international community that Hamas seized control
Gaza Strip through a bloody and violent coup.”
Abbas, who met separately in Sharm e-Sheikh on Tuesday with Moussa and
President Hosni Mubarak, reportedly relayed to them his deep concern
attempts to recognize Hamas’s authority in the Gaza Strip.
announced after the meetings that he was prepared to form a new
Hamas accepted an Egyptian initiative to solve the crisis between the
and his ruling Fatah faction.
“If Hamas signs the [Egyptian]
would have no objections to the establishment of a caretaker or a
or independent government that would receive the funds needed to rebuild
Gaza Strip,” Abbas said. “We are prepared to discuss with Hamas all of
demands, but only after it signs the Egyptian document.”
a senior Fatah official and advisor to Abbas, called on Hamas not to be
by imaginary victories” – a reference to the movement’s violent takeover
Gaza Strip and the flotilla incident. He said that lifting the blockade
be linked to efforts to end the power struggle between Hamas and
“The solution to the lifting of the blockade lies in
state of schism and achieving Palestinian national unity,” al-Ahmed told
reporters in Ramallah. “We need to be united so that we can have one
homeland and one people to face Israeli crimes.”
He said that he
other Fatah officials were prepared to meet with Hamas in the framework
Egyptian “reconciliation” initiative.
He added that Hamas had
receive a delegation that was formed by Abbas and entrusted with
Gaza Strip to discuss ways of ending the crisis between the two parties.