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Monday, June 19, 2006

EU to resume aid to 'Palestinians' if they adopt 'Prisoners' Document'

According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, the European Union has promised 'moderate Palestinian President' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen that if the 'Prisoners' Document' is approved, they will resume aid to the 'Palestinian Authority.' The EU is thus continuing the charade that the 'Prisoners' Document' constitutes renouncing terrorism and recognizing Israel, which are two of the three conditions that the Hamas-led 'Palestinian Authority' is supposed to meet in order for aid to resume.

According to Rouhi Fatouh, a senior Fatah official and a close aide to Abbas, Fatah and Hamas have reached an agreement over 15 of the 18 points appearing in the prisoners' document. They hope to have a complete agreement by tomorrow morning.

The problematic points are related to the status of the PLO, the future of "armed resistance" against Israel and accepting UN and Arab resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hamas has refused to recognize the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians. It is also opposed to the document's call for restricting armed attacks against Israelis to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem and for accepting all UN and Arab resolutions and peace initiatives.

In other words, the same points remain 'open' that Hamas has always disputed.


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