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  7/30/2014, Av 3, 5774

PLO: US Involvement in Ceasefire Talks Backs Hamas


Senior Palestinian Authority officials have accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of favoring Hamas, according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), insisting that Kerry had presented his own proposal to cater to Hamas-backed Qatar and Turkey. 

Speaking anonymously, a senior Palestinian official told the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat last week that Kerry had tried "to destroy the Egyptian initiative and the Palestinian comments on it (the 'Abbas Plan) and present a substitute for our initiative... Kerry wanted to create an framework that would be an alternative to the Egyptian initiative and to our concept regarding it, in order to please Qatar and Turkey."