Hamas Slams ‘Illegal’ New PA Government
The Hamas government in Gaza has slammed Fatah for creating a new Palestinian Authority government.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has tasked Rami Hamdallah with serving as Prime Minister and putting together a new cabinet. Hamdallah is expected to announce his cabinet on Thursday.
Abbas’ move “proves that the Fatah leadership is willing to maintain and prolong the state of disagreement,” read a Hamas statement printed by Maan news.
Hamas sources noted that they have no objections to Hamdallah in particular. Their objection is over the fact that a new government does not include Hamas and was created unilaterally, they said.
Fatah and Hamas held joint control of the PA following Hamas’ victory in the PA elections of 2006. In 2007 Hamas ousted Fatah from Gaza in a short but bloody conflict and established its own government in the area. Fatah took control of the PA government based in Ramallah and continued to rule Judea and Samaria (Shomron).
The two warring groups have held negotiations several times, but have yet to reach an agreement. Abbas has claimed that the ongoing dispute prevents him from holding new PA elections, and in lieu of elections, has kept his seat for the past several years despite the expiration of his term in early 2009.
In its statement Wednesday Hamas also rejected United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest call on Israel and the PA to hold talks. Kerry has “dangerous plots,” the group warned.