Abbas: New Government Will Honor Previous Agreements (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 02/19/12)
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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that
the unity government he will enter with the Hamas terror organization
will respect agreements signed by the PLO, AFP reported.
The report cited the PA-based WAFA news agency which quoted Abbas as
having said, “The next government will remain committed to the
obligations and agreements signed by the Palestine Liberation
Organization.” He was referring to the 1993 Oslo Accords signed
between Israel and the PLO.
Abbas recently signed an agreement in Qatar with Hamas’ politburo
chief Khaled Mashaal. The agreement calls for Abbas to head an
interim government, which will be made up of "independent
Abbas’ comments drew an angry reaction from Hamas, whose spokesman
Sami Abu Zuhri was quoted as having said they “violate” the
agreements between Abbas and Mashaal.
“The remarks made by Abbas are rejected and violate the agreements
because the next government is a national unity government. It is
everyone´s government, not one of a particular political group,” Abu
Zuhri qas quoted as having said.
He added, “The next government is a transitional government with
clear duties... It has no political program.”
The agreement was recently slammed by Senior Hamas official Mahmoud
al-Zahar, who said it was a “mistake” and criticized Mashaal for not
having consulted anyone inside Hamas about it. Al-Zahar´s comments
seem to confirm recent analyses that the unity agreement with Fatah
is causing a split within Hamas.
Meanwhile, with or without an agreement with Hamas, the PA’s prime
minister Salam Fayyad admitted this week his administration is
actively defying Israel and operating in eastern Jerusalem.
"The PA is continuously trying to allocate resources inside the city,
which Israel occupied in 1967," Fayyad said in his weekly radio
address from Ramallah.
"The Israeli government is trying to impose its policies to control
Jerusalem and its institutions, which is contrary to international
law and signed agreements," Fayyad said.
“This all won’t change the truth that East Jerusalem is the main part
of the occupied Palestinian territories," Fayyad said in his weekly
radio address, which focused on Israeli policy in the city.
"Israel must realize that there won’t be any chance of a long lasting
peace without East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent
Palestinian state," Fayyad said.
Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, to which Fayyad´s government is
beholden, Israel retains both full administrative and security
control of Jerusalem. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/19/12)
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