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Hamas says return to peace talks a 'disaster'
Published Saturday 20/07/2013 (updated) 23/07/2013 10:01
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The United States has deluded the Palestinian Authority into thinking that there will be a positive outcome in negotiations with Israel, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ma'an Saturday.

The senior Hamas official said the PA's return to negotiations is a "disaster" and a cover for the Israeli agenda of Judaization, settlement building and the displacement of Palestinians.

The recent breakthrough in a return to talks places Palestinian reconciliation at risk, Barhoum added, stressing that it would lead to a great loss of Palestinian rights and a "grand prize" for Israel.

"Stopping political reconciliation for negotiations between the PA and Israel is very dangerous," he said.

"For Hamas, reconciliation is a strategy that must be implemented instantly in light of the current Arab and global situation and US and European collusion with Israel."

The Islamist group's spokesman went on to say that Israel and the US are "extorting" the PA to distance itself from Hamas.

US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Amman late on Friday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators had laid the groundwork to resume the frozen peace talks.

PLO negotiator Saeb Erakat and his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni would meet him in Washington "to begin initial talks within the next week or so."

On Saturday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said his government would engage in the staged release of a "limited number" of prisoners, some of whom have been in Israeli jails for 30 years.

Steinitz provided no other details but said "there will definitely be a certain gesture here".

Despite the breakthrough, Israelis and Palestinians remain far apart on final status issues including the borders of a future Palestinian state, the right of return of Palestinian refugees, and the fate of Jerusalem which both want as their capital.

It is unclear how a peace settlement could be implemented without the consent of Hamas, who won parliamentary elections in 2006 and now rule the Gaza Strip.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
20/07/2013 18:08
Actually, the return to peace talks is only a "disaster" for Hamas. Bunch of whiners concerned about themselves and not the Palestinian people.

2 ) GREAT we have 3 STATES / for TWO PEOPLE
20/07/2013 18:28
HAMASTAN Pallestine Israel BEST SOLUTION

3 ) Mahmoud / Palestine
20/07/2013 18:38
They say it as if there is no connection between Hamas and Israel!!! At least the PLO announces its negotiations with Israel in public, unlike the very secretive (or maybe not so secret) contact between Hamas and Israel on a daily basis.

4 ) Johnny benson / USA
20/07/2013 18:59
It happens to be that the Hamas guys are right....but not to worry,nothing will become of it.....

5 ) Jim / USA
20/07/2013 19:07
Every time a us diplomatic comes over , isreal build a new 1000 home settlement As they just did, and Abbas is fine with that as long as his party is on top and he can go vacation in Europe , while 3 generations of refugees have been waiting for 65 years

6 ) shirley / australia
20/07/2013 22:55
what joke abbass and the PA give away the state of palestine for ahandful of prisimnbers that Isreal will round back up and lock up about 6 months after the traitors with no mandate from palestinian people go to disaTEROUS TALKS INSTEAD OF GOING To un AND icc just so US can continue escaping war crimes and start war with china the US wants to rule the world and Isreal will agree to things and then reneg after wards and who is goiing to stop them too late PALS KNOW QATAR PROVED US PUSHED MORSI OU

7 ) ............ / ...........
20/07/2013 23:32
most fatah supporters are against talks.. the p.a. are traitors see what will go of their talks

8 ) Cherish / US
20/07/2013 23:49
Hamas is not wrong. Palestinians beware they are after you right of return the one right that is the core of your identity!

9 ) Stephen P. / USA
21/07/2013 02:20
It's never been made clear to me, if Kerry sincerely feels Abbas's Fatah minus Hamas's support to any degree,is sufficient to orchestrate a peace meeting with Israel of meaningful substance.

10 ) ian / australia
21/07/2013 02:34
Hamas doesn't have a thing to worry about. These talks write themselves. They've got internal logic. They crash when they hit what's non-negotiable. There's no chance of the PA capitulating and signing away the Aqsa or East Jerusalem because Palestinians wouldn't accept it, not just Hamas. They would rather endure further occupation. Talks fail as soon as it's raised. There's no chance of a "disaster". The positive is if it can be publicised how much Israel is asking the Palestinians to give up,

11 ) ian / australia
21/07/2013 02:39
(contd.) symbolised by the Dome of the Rock, they can win the PR war. Israel knows this which is why its "offers" are never offered and its vision of "two states" never spelt out.

12 ) Stephen P. / USA
21/07/2013 02:44
I'ts a mystery how in all of recent commentary by Kerry he manages to omit any talk of the existence of Hamas,who I consider the stronger half of the Palestinian representation.
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