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Leader: Hamas will not oppose PM in new govt
Published Monday 28/04/2014 (updated) 30/04/2014 14:47
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Hamas movement will not oppose that prime minister of the Palestinian Authority Rami Hamdallah or any other personality heading the coming unity government, a top party official said Sunday.

Deputy chief of Hamas’ politburo Mousa Abu Marzouq highlighted that the coming government “isn’t President Mahmoud Abbas’ government, but rather a government of national unity and agreement, and this is what we have signed with Fatah.”

In a meeting with writers and analysts organized by the Gaza-based thinktank PalThink for Strategic Studies, Abu Marzouq said the unity government “isn’t political at all”.

He added that if the government’s agenda would include possible recognition of Israel, many people would avoid joining that government which is expected to deal with sensitive and broad issues.

Abu Marzouq pointed out that the reconciliation agreement Hamas and Fatah signed did not include any secret clauses. The two movements, he added, signed an agreement to implement already signed agreements. Both movements wanted a way out of deadlocks in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

As for Fatah’s deadlock, added Abu Marzouq, it was the failure of peace talks with Israel after two decades of negotiations. Meanwhile, Hamas’ impasse stems from the new approach to the faction and the Gaza Strip by the new rulers in Egypt.

The Hamas official said it was pressure by Israel and the US administration that foiled previous reconciliation efforts during the last five years.

Abu Marzouq also touched upon what he called societal reconciliation which he explained as reconciliation at a community level or between families.

“The main obstacle impeding societal reconciliation is a financial one. Blood money should be paid to 500 families and to cover that millions (of shekels) are needed.

“In addition, reimbursement should be paid to all those who were injured or whose properties were damaged or destroyed.”

He did not expect Arab countries to provide money for those costs.

With regard to the role of the Palestinian Legislative Council in the coming stage, the Hamas leader said that Abbas would issue a presidential decree announcing reactivation of the PLC which will have to approve the coming unity government.

The PLC will then discuss all laws introduced in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the years of the split.
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1 ) gerald / Switzerland
29/04/2014 01:06
The naive notion that the unity agreement “isn’t political at all” is a well-meaning absurdity. Everything dealing with leadership is political. What's needed is less obsession with Israel and the Jews and more concentration on what's in the best interests of the Palestinians and their future. Their current primary concerns of revenge and hatred should morph into co-existence and commerce.
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