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Abbas meets Jihad leader over national reconciliation
Published Friday 08/02/2013 (updated) 10/02/2013 12:28
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CAIRO (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas met the leader of Islamic Jihad on Thursday evening, as part of talks on national reconciliation taking place this week in Cairo.

Abbas, the head of Fatah, sat down with general-secretary of Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Shalah and his deputy, Ziad al-Nkhaleh and discussed implementation of the stalled unity deals, official PA news agency Wafa said.

They also discussed Friday's PLO reform meeting, according to Wafa.

This week, a Jihad official said the group might run in elections for the PLO's parliament, the Palestinian National Council.

The PNC is the legislative body of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which represents Palestinians in exile as well as those in the West Bank and Gaza.

The parliament is presently mainly composed of appointees, and has so far excluded Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which were formed since the PLO's establishment in 1964.

The reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah included an agreement to reform the PLO, which has been criticized for failing to represent the whole Palestinian polity.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/02/2013 12:43
Abbas continues to threaten to kill the peace process. You cannot have a PA governement with Hamas and IJ, and at the same time say you want peace. Abbas is showing that so-called Palestinian "unity" with groups that reject the peace process is more important than peace. We see this.

2 ) Pretending Peace / Fighting to the Death
08/02/2013 14:12
- Abbas to Jihad leader: We have international legitimacy, so you should "RECONCILE WITH our position of PRETENDING, to seek peace with the Zionists", and
- Jihad leader to Abbas: "We can not even say 2 states, so you must RECONCILE WITH our position of FIGHTING the Zionists, to the death" !!


3 ) ian / australia
09/02/2013 00:20
#1 Where do you get this stuff Brian? First, there's no "peace process" for Abbas to "threaten to kill", just an endless process of stalling (whilst evicting, demolishing and building). Second, given the nutjobs on the lunatic fringe of the Israeli parliament, with their assorted, colourful, racist/criminal views and policies, surely Palestinian politics can accommodate a spectrum of opinion from moderate to nutty, too. Afterall, Israeli leaders, from Begin to Shamir to Sharon all came to office

4 ) ian / australia
09/02/2013 00:23
(contd.) from backgrounds of...er, extreme politics, their hands dripping with blood. So Abbas can talk to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who are no more extreme than them. It's no biggie. They'll get there in the end. If G-d wills it.
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