Morsi Meets Mashaal, Stresses Support for ´Palestinians´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 07/21/12)
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Egypt, under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and President
Mohammed Morsi, is tightening relations with Hamas and is working
hard to promote the reconciliation between Hamas and rival faction
After meeting this week with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas, Morsi met on Thursday with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, his
deputy Musa Abu Marzouq and other members of Hamas’s politburo. Hamas
is an offshoot of the extreme Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
The official Egyptian news agency noted that during the meeting,
Morsi stressed the importance he places on Egypt´s support “for the
Palestinian nation’s struggle to achieve its legitimate rights”,
unifying the lines between Hamas and Fatah, supplying Gaza with fuel
and electricity and easing the restrictions on the border crossing
between Gaza and Egypt.
Mashaal told Morsi that Hamas does not want to place responsibility
for Gaza on Egypt’s shoulders, saying Gaza is an integral part
Fatah has said it is opposed to the opening of Gaza’s border with
Egypt, claiming it is part of Israel’s plan “to separate between Gaza
and Judea and Samaria and annex Gaza into Egypt.”
A Fatah official blamed Hamas for leading a policy of separating Gaza
from the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria,
a plan which began to be implemented during the 2005 Israeli
disengagement from Gaza. The official claimed Hamas has given its
blessing to this policy.
Hamas and Fatah have had a longtime row since Hamas violently
overthrew the Fatah government in Gaza five years ago.
The two factions signed a reconciliation deal in May of 2011, but the
deal has repeatedly faltered as the parties spar over its
implementation. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/21/12)
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