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Fatah, Hamas shift blame for stalled talks
Published Thursday 02/02/2012 (updated) 03/02/2012 15:16
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Efforts to implement reconciliation measures are being delayed, with both Fatah and Hamas officials trading claims of intransigence.

In an interview with Ma'an on Wednesday evening, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muheisin said that preparations for an Arab League committee meeting and internal discussions have delayed talks between President Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal.

Muheisin criticized Hamas' declaration that reconciliation efforts were postponed, stating that the Quartet is putting pressure on the Palestinian Authority to return to negotiations with Israel.

He urged Hamas to allow the elections committee to work freely in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian priority would be to go back to the United Nations, the Fatah official said, adding that there is no benefit to negotiating with Israel.

Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan responded by telling Ma'an that a new government has not been announced yet because both parties were awaiting the results of the Amman meetings.

Mashaal and Abbas were scheduled to meet on Feb. 2. A new date has not yet been confirmed.

Radwan blamed Fatah for postponing the meeting and for not setting a new date.

“We didn’t feel that Fatah is doing any progress or any efforts in this case,” he added, stating that Hamas is dedicated to national unity.

Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership will discuss the recent exploratory talks in Amman at a follow up Arab League committee meeting on Feb. 4.

The reconciliation deal set out a path to elections within a year, and the appointment of an interim government to unite both territories. But the parties could not agree on a candidate to lead the unity government.

According to Palestinian electoral law, President Abbas must issue a decree three months before elections are held.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
02/02/2012 12:03
Both Fatah and Hamas need to understand that unity is very important and to show the Israeli's & the rest of the world that all Palestinians are UNITED. Israel takes advantage of disunity amongst Palestinians and until and uless Palestinians unite, Israel will continue to it's brutal treatment. I URGE ALL FACTIONS OF PALESTINIANS TO UNITE AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT THEY ARE ALL ONE. the Arab uprising should have given some hope to a united Palestine as Israel cannot continue this path for ever.

2 ) Hostage / USA
02/02/2012 12:27
It is time to tell the Quartet that there will be no Palestinian consent for any changes to the Armistice lines and that the so-called negotiations are over with regard to borders.

3 ) Nour / One State
02/02/2012 12:38
Wolves and Serpents feeding on the Palestinian people. No other description!

4 ) Julie / USA
02/02/2012 13:15
both fatah and hamas perpetuate this infantile bickering which preys upon the vulnerabilities of the PEOPLE ...this is totally unacceptable behavior which is hurting everyone. they both need to grow the hell up NOW, stop acting like children and RECONCILE. they both are responsible for this retarded mess.

5 ) Mel / USA
02/02/2012 15:18
All these FACTIONS have to quit their political-point scoring &put their EGO's &personal benefits away,until NATIONAL,PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY/UNITY for all,is established &anchored! Their FACTIONAL bickering is their Achilles Heel,&the world's seen Israel use&abuse it for DECADES already,to the pain&suffering of ALL Palestinians & their STATEHOOD!If they can't put the COMMON PALESTINIAN GOOD first,they'll never have what is legally theirs!Factions are a handicap to NATIONAL UNITY&PROGRESS! DO IT!

6 ) Mitri I. Mulseh / Canada
02/02/2012 16:22
The more I believe that the leaders of Fatah and Hamas will never reconcile, the more I believe in the one state solution. So, don’t waste more of the people’s time, just resign and admit incompetency.

7 ) edy / USA
02/02/2012 17:54
both fatah and hamas steals their peoples money......

8 ) Malone / Hfx
02/02/2012 18:02
pals are their own worst enemies.

9 ) southparkbear / usa
02/02/2012 18:10
Mitri, for a moment let's be serious. You pals seems unable to live with yourselves. You are genereations behind Israel socialy, 5 generation on science and development. Even Egypt would not consider taking you back. So where in God's name you think israelis would love this idea of your and nour of 'upgrade'. pals GDP is $2Bil, israel's $200B it is not even apples and oranges. you are allowed to dream but...

10 ) ABE / USA
02/02/2012 18:33
Amen southparkbear!! They just will never get it! The Palestinians just are so hell bent on "winning" They do not want ISRAEL to exist. That is their undenied mantra. So sad.

11 ) Jakel / USA
02/02/2012 19:45
Reconcilliation means that you "forgive and forget." Lips forgive - the heart never forgets. In Amman it is said, "you can sew a ripped blanket together, but there will always remain a terrible seam..." Alas, it is best to stay divorced and move on with your life.

12 ) Mousa / Uk
03/02/2012 00:13
Its all about the who wants to be the main leaders all about the chair who sits on the chair
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