Hamas won't send delegation to Jordan

Group prefers to clarify with exiled leaders accusations of terror plotting.

By RAFAEL D. FRANKEL, AP
May 7, 2006 14:45
1 minute read.
Hamas won't send delegation to Jordan

hamas cabinet 298 88 ap. (photo credit: AP [file])

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Hamas-led government in the Palestinian Authority has refused a Jordanian request for it to send a delegation to Amman to examine evidence against members of the movement who allegedly smuggled weapons, Palestinian and Jordanian officials said Sunday. Atta Khairy, top Palestinian diplomat in Jordan, told The Associated Press that the Hamas government informed Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that it was "not interested" in taking part in a delegation expected in Amman on Wednesday for a briefing on alleged Hamas plots to target Jordan. Instead, the officials said they wanted Jordan to communicate directly with the Hamas leaders exiled in Syria "because they were accused of the plots," said Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Judeh, quoting a letter from Abbas to the Jordanian government. The Palestinian government claimed it was not directly involved in the matter, Judeh quoted Abbas as stating. "We are surprised by the refusal of the (Hamas) government to participate in the Palestinian delegation," Judeh said. He said Jordanian authorities would reveal details on the seized weapons and the detained militants, as well as expose violations by Hamas elements in Jordan over a long period of time. The accusations of planned terrorism from the Jordanians were but the latest crisis to hit the month-old Hamas government. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called the accusations 'totally false and groundless' and said Jordan's efforts to foment anger toward Hamas would backfire. 'This will not isolate Hamas, but will contribute to isolating those involved in' pressuring the group, he said. Jordan has a checkered history with Hamas. King Hussein saved Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal's life after a botched Mossad assassination attempt in Amman in 1997, while King Abdullah issued a warrant for his arrest following a souring of relations in 1999.

Related Content

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque ahead of annual Haj pilgrimage in the
August 20, 2018
Muslims at hajj blame Arab disunity for Jerusalem embassy move

By REUTERS