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Wednesday, May 31

Abbas warns to break partnership with Hamas

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Days of Palestine, Cairo –Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Saturday to break partnership, which never existed, with Hamas should it did not lay down its arms.

In a meeting with Egyptian journalists, Abbas accused Hamas of initiating the war with the Israeli occupation and blamed it for the massive number of casualties resulted in that war. However, it was clear that the occupation started the war.

“If Hamas will not accept a Palestinian state with one government, one law, and one weapon – then there will not be any partnership between us,” said Abbas. “This is our condition, and we will not back away from it.”

Replying on these remarks, Hamas Spokesman Sami abu-Zuhri said on Sunday: “Hamas accepts a Palestinian state with one government, one law and one weapon, but the state must be free, the law must serve the Palestinian people and the weapon must resist the occupation.”

He explained: “We want that one weapon to fight the Israeli occupation based on terms of the international law.”

If Hamas did not accept on his conditions, Abbas clearly said that he is unable to work in partnership with it.

“We will only be talking to Hamas if they meet our requirements,” he said, “the partnership with Hamas depends on arms being under the control of the Palestinian state.”

War on Hamas

Abbas waged a propaganda war against Hamas before, during and after the end of the Israeli war on Gaza. But the he kept low mood against Hamas during the war in order to avoid popular criticism, which was in the side of Hamas.

After the end of the war, when the ceasefire was announced, he said: “One side cannot unilaterally declare war. That is not unity or reconciliation.
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He said that referring to Hamas persistence not to end self-defence unless Israeli occupation stop attacks on Palestinians and agree on lifting the siege.

Concluding his meeting with the Egyptian journalists, Abbas said: “Honestly – my patience with ‘Israel,’ the United States and Hamas has expired.”

Abbas is in a three-day visit to Egypt as he is scheduled to meet the Egyptian coup leader Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi and the deliver a speech in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Arab League.