Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not serious about reconciliation with Hamas, which is evident by his continued postponement of the process of forming a unity government, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told pan-Arab daily Asharq Alawsat
in an interview published Wednesday.
According to Zahar, Abbas is unfit to "meet the requirements of reconciliation," and has set untenable deadlines for the formation of a government early next year and legislative and presidential elections in May.
Zahar said the main obstacle standing in the way of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation was Abbas's reliance on what he called the "US-Israeli axis." According to the Hamas leaders, Abbas's "connection with the US" makes forming closer ties with Hamas difficult.