Abu Mazen seething....Moderate' 'Palestinian' President
According to the reports, Israeli and Hamas officials who arrived in Cairo recently have been holding indirect talks about consolidating the current cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, which has been in effect since Operation Pillar of Defense ended in November.
Jamal Muheissen, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said the talks Hamas has been conducting with Israel are “unacceptable.”
Muheissen said that only the PLO was authorized to conduct such negotiations in its capacity as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”
He pointed out that the negotiations that Hamas conducted with Israel over the release of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit have led to the rearrest by the IDF of several Palestinian prisoners who were released in the prisoner swap.
The Fatah official also criticized Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for acting as a mediator between Israel and Hamas. Muheissen accused Morsi of seeking to undermine the PLO’s status as the sole representative of the Palestinians. Muheissen claimed that Morsi was trying to “tame” Hamas and has not briefed Fatah on the outcome of the indirect talks with Israel in Cairo, he added.And I'm sure that if we had negotiated the 'terrorists for Gilad' swap with Hamas, all the released terrorists would be well-behaved. /sarc
But what's curious about this is that Hamas cannot accept the 'Zionist entity' and therefore cannot admit that what it is doing is conducting negotiations.
Hamas, for its part, defended the indirect talks with Israel, saying the discussions were focusing only on “humanitarian issues.”
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said that the Cairo talks dealt with the reopening of the crossing borders in the Gaza Strip, the cease-fire and the hunger-strike of Palestinians in Israeli prisons.
“We are not negotiating about core issues like lands and Jerusalem,” Zahar said.Yeah, sure....
What could go wrong?