Abu Mazen asked Hamas to join the cabinet after he rejected the terrorists' demand that they be given more power in Gaza, where Hamas has established itself as a rival
authority to the PA. Abu Mazen's office stated Saturday that Hamas' joining the cabinet would help ensure a peaceful transition after the planned Israeli evacuation of Jewish residents and withdrawal of IDF troops this summer.
Hamas has not responded to the proposal, which it rejected two months ago when Abu Mazen refused a Hamas demand that he hold legislative elections as scheduled. The PA postponed the vote for new legislators because it feared Hamas will win impressive support following victories in local elections earlier this year.
Islamic Jihad terror leaders rejected outright any coalition.