Marriage on the rocks?Moderate' 'Palestinian' President
“We won’t accept the continuation of the situation with Hamas as it is now and in this shape,” he said. “There must be one authority and one regime.”JPost also has a slightly different version of the casualty report I cited earlier.
Abbas accused Hamas of running its own “shadow government” in the Gaza Strip. “They have 27 directors-general of ministries and they are running the Gaza Strip,” he said. “The national consensus government can’t do anything on the ground.”
Egyptian news website al-Dostor reported that Abbas will make an announcement on Sunday to the Arab League regarding the agreement.
Abbas claimed that Hamas lost “only” 50 of its men during the war, while 861 men belonging to his Fatah faction were killed. He did not say how the Fatah men were killed and by who.Either way the result is the same - over 850 terrorists killed not counting Islamic Jihad.
Arutz Sheva adds:
"[I]f the government will not be unified, (in terms of) the weapons and laws in the West Bank and Gaza, there won't be any partnership or discussion with the (Hamas) organization."
"I don't trust Hamas much because they change their words all the time. There must be a unified Palestinian Authority," remarked Abbas.
The PA chairman also confirmed reports of a stormy meeting he had with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal in Qatar on August 21, in which he slammed the Hamas leader for his organization's coup attempt against Abbas in Judea and Samaria.
"You are smuggling weapons, explosives and money to the (West) Bank - and not to fight Israel, but to hold a coup against the (Palestinian) Authority," Abbas reportedly said in his tirade on Mashaal.
Commenting on the meeting Saturday night, Abbas remarked "Hamas has been trying to cause the Palestinian Authority to fail since the day it was formed."Fatah has also started a crackdown against Hamas members in Judea and Samaria.
Hamas said that more than 40 of its members and supporters have been rounded up by the PA since the end of Operation protective Edge.And I'm sure the fact that the latest poll that shows that Hamas would win a 'Palestinian election' has nothing to do with the coming collapse of the 'unity government.' Faster... faster...
Another 30 Hamas activists were also summoned for interrogation, Hamas said.
On Saturday, Hamas representative Hussam Badran condemned the PA clampdown and called on all those who have been summoned for interrogation not to report.
Badran said that the crackdown was “unjustified” and constituted a “blow to the blood of Palestinian martyrs and unity."
The PA has refused to comment on the current crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank.