Hamas chief says Israel, US impeding national unity
Published Wednesday 04/12/2013 (updated) 05/12/2013 09:58
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal said Tuesday that the United States and Israel are impeding reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
Speaking at a conference in Malaysia, Mashaal said that the United States has "pressured and threatened" the Palestinian Authority to prevent them from implementing agreements reached between the rival Palestinian political factions.
"Negotiations have continued for more than 20 years since the Madrid Conference in 1991, and the Palestinian people have gained nothing from them," Mashaal said.
"Israel is using negotiations to conceal its crimes, to impose facts on the ground and to mislead the world."
A Hamas delegation headed by Mashaal arrived in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, in the first official visit of Hamas representatives to the country.
Fatah and Hamas signed an Egyptian-brokered deal in 2011 in an attempt to end divisions between the factions.
The Cairo deal pledged to set up an interim consensus government of independents that would pave the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within 12 months.
But the implementation of the accords has stalled over the make-up of the interim government.