Fatah Blames Iran for Failure of Unity with Hamas (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/21/12)
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A spokesman for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah
movement claimed on Tuesday that Iran had paid rival group Hamas to
back out of implementing the reconciliation deal between the two
According to the spokesman, Ahmed Assaf, Iran paid Hamas tens of
millions of dollars to avoid implementing the agreement.
“We have information that Tehran paid tens of millions of dollars to
Mahmoud Al-Zahar and Ismail Haniyeh during their visits to Iran,”
Assaf explained that Iran has renewed its financial support for
Hamas, after a six-month suspension that came about as a result of
Hamas’ refusal to support Syrian President Bashar Assad during the
uprising against his regime.
The Hamas politburo recently agreed to a deal in Qatar with Abbas to
form an interim government of technocrats.
However, Hamas leaders in Gaza ambushed politburo chief Khaled
Mashaal after-the-fact with a raft of new demands observers say Fatah
will never agree to.
The last minute bait-and-switch by the terror organization’s Gaza
leadership underscores a deepening rift within Hamas.
Last week, Fatah officials admitted they do not expect Hamas leaders
to follow through on Hamas’ end of the reconciliation deal "anytime
soon." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/21/12)
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