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Hamas Official: Jordan's King Abdullah Will End Like Mubarak

A Hamas official slams Jordan's King Abdullah for hosting the talks between Israeli and PA envoys this week.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 1/6/2012, 10:22 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah
Jordan's King Abdullah
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A Hamas official slammed Jordan’s King Abdullah on Thursday and said his fate will be similar to that of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mustafa Sawaf, editor-in-chief of the Gaza-based, Hamas-affiliated paper Felesteen, criticized the King for his support of the renewed talks between Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials.

In his editorial, Sawaf accused the Jordanian King of assuming Mubarak’s role in sponsoring negotiations between the PA and Israel. Sawaf said that doing so harms the rights of PA Arabs and would lead to the King being dethroned since, as he put it, “Whoever declares war on Allah will eventually go away.”

Sawaf’s criticism comes following the meeting in Amman earlier this week between Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat.

The meeting was described as positive and the parties have reportedly agreed to meet again next week in Jordan.

Sawaf also accused PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of not being serious in his recent reconciliation talks with Hamas’ politburo chief Khaled Mashaal. He maintained that the purpose of the talks was to return to the negotiating table with Israel, adding Abbas simply wants to appease the U.S. and Europe.

Earlier this week, Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said that the talks with Israeli envoys in Amman would damage Fatah's reconciliation deal with the terror group.

"We consider these meetings a blow for national reconciliation, especially as we agreed in Cairo to face Israel's settlements, wall, and attacks together," Radwan said.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)