Ha­mas of­fi­cial prom­ises Is­rael never-end­ing war

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BYBENHARTMAN

A SE­NIOR Ha­mas of­fi­cial last week said that the ter­ror group would not be bound by any deals reached be­tween the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity and Is­rael if demo­cratic elec­tions bring them to power in a fu­ture Pales­tinian state.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with the For­ward, the first in­ter­view given by a top Ha­mas leader to a Jewish news or­gan­i­sa­tion, the deputy di­rec­tor of Ha­mas’s po­lit­i­cal bureau, Mousa Abu Mar­zook, said that Ha­mas would view any deal reached be­tween the PA and Is­rael as a form of long-term cease­fire or hudna, and not a final-sta­tus agree­ment.

Mr Mar­zook said Ha­mas would not recog­nise Is­rael as a state and the re­la­tions would re­sem­ble those be­tween Is­rael and Syria or Le­banon — de facto states of war.

He also s a i d he would not travel to Jerusalem to sign such an agree­ment with Is­rael, e v e n if his safety were to be en­sured. Mr Mar­zook’s state­ment con­tra­dicts Ha­mas po­lit­i­cal leader Khaled Me­shaal, who said re­cently that the ter­ror group would up­hold agree­ments reached be­tween the PA and Is­rael if they had the sup­port of the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

Mean­while, ten­sions are brew­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion has come to a halt be­tween the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity’s pres­i­dent, Mah­moud Ab­bas, and its prime min­is­ter, Salaam Fayyad.

The trig­ger for this lat­est spat was Mr Fayyad’s re­fusal to de­liver a let­ter from Mr Ab­bas to Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu last week, Al-quds al-arabi re­ported on Mon­day.

Sources told the Pales­tinian-backed news­pa­per that Mr Ab­bas was re­fus­ing to take Mr Fayyad’s phone calls and re­fus­ing to meet Mr Fayyad to dis­cuss reshuf­fling the cab­i­net.

In lieu of Mr Fayyad, Mr Ab­bas on Tues­day sent the lower-rank­ing Pales­tinian ne­go­tia­tor Saeb Erekat, along with West Bank in­tel­li­gence chief Ma­jid Faraj to meet Mr Ne­tanyahu in Jerusalem. Al-quds al-arabi said the episode was a cause of sig­nif­i­cant em­bar­rass­ment for Mr Ab­bas.

The let­ter p r o p o s e d a two-state s o l u t i o n based on the 1967 lines and a com­plete end to set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity in the West Bank.

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