Abbas: Fatah-Hamas government won't negotiate with Israel

15:02, April 30, 2011      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday reiterated that the upcoming government, which would be formed in agreement with Hamas, will have nothing to do with negotiations with Israel.

The new government, which would be formed according to a new agreement between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah party, will be only tasked to prepare for elections and oversee the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, Abbas said during a meeting with Italian diplomats in Ramallah.

He added that the technocratic government's platform will be in line with his own political program and that of Palestine Liberation Organization.

On Wednesday, Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement to end four years of division that crippled the Palestinian political landscape. The agreement is awaited to restore political unity to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the Fatah-ruled West Bank.

Abbas confirmed that the signature of the final agreement will take place in Cairo next week. Exiled Hamas's chief Khaled Mashaal will sign the deal along with Abbas.

Israel responded to the Egyptian-brokered Palestinian agreement angrily, calling on the PNA to choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas.

Also on Friday, a Hamas leader called on the broader representative of Palestinians to withdraw its recognition of Israel because it rejects an internal agreement sough to restore Palestinian unity.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) should not ask Israel to choose between peace and settlement building, said Ismail Haneya, the head of Hamas's administration in Gaza. The PLO must withdraw its recognition of Israel because the existence of Israel is illegal, he told reporters.

The Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority has worked closely with Israel since it lost control of Gaza in 2007. However, peace talks between Israel and the PNA stopped last year when Israel resumed Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank.

Source: Xinhua
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