Mahmoud al-Zahar smirking (R) 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has no intentions of visiting the
Gaza Strip in the near future, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar told
London-based al-Quds al-Arabi, hinting that there may be threats on Abbas's life should he choose to do so.Most
recently, Dahlan claimed that a $1 billion fund had gone missing since
Abbas became president in 2005. He made those comments only a few days after PA security forces raided Dahlan's Ramallah
home confiscating documents, weapons, and private luxury vehicles.
stressed that Hamas was not interested in jeopardizing the internal
security situation in the Gaza Strip should Abbas decide to visit and cause internal
Fatah violence to occur as a result of "unsettled accounts."
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According to al-Quds al-Arabi, Zahar may have been referring to the ongoing conflict between the Palestinian Authority president and ex-Fatah official and strident Abbas critic Muhammad Dahlan.
Zahar also dismissed any attempts by Abbas to rekindle the stalled
reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah's leadership as futile, saying of the failed process:
"the [reconciliation] agreement was completed [in Cairo], but it's implementation
Zahar dismissed any sort of talks that have occurred between officials
in Fatah and Hamas of being concerned simply with "peripheral matters."
Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.