Hamas blasts security coordination with 'Zionist enemy'

Hamas criticizes PA for resuming security coordination with Israel, says it is the "greatest danger" to the Palestinian people.

Elad Benari ,

Hamas rally in Gaza
Hamas rally in Gaza
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Hamas on Thursday blasted the Palestinian Authority (PA) for resuming security coordination with Israel.

On Wednesday, the head of the PA police, Hazem Atallah, confirmed that security coordination had resumed with Israel, after being partially suspended in July.

"Everyone is coordinating now. That means things returned to what they were before July 14," Atallah said. "Things are normal now."

In response, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the group is “surprised by the PA in the West Bank’s resumption of security coordination and cooperation with the Zionist enemy, which is the equivalent of the greatest danger to the Palestinian people, its unity and its legitimate rights including the right to resist the occupation.”

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas froze the security coordination with Israel in July, in protest over security measures at the Temple Mount.

Abbas was outraged over Israel's placing of advanced metal detectors, known as magnetometers, at the entrance to the Temple Mount. The Israeli move came in response to the terror attack at the compound, in which two Druze police officers were murdered.

Eventually, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors from the Temple Mount and replace them with security measures based on advanced technologies, following Arab protests.

Hamas, which blasted the PA's security coordination with Israel, just recently signed a reconciliation agreement with its longtime rival Fatah, which is headed by Abbas.

Since the agreement was signed, Hamas has sent a high-ranking delegation to Iran, where its deputy leader, sanctioned terrorist Salah Al-Aruri, declared that the group would never agree to sever its ties with Iran and give up the armed struggle against “the Zionist regime”.

The move was in blatant disregard of Israel's demand that Hamas recognize Israel, disarm, and sever its ties with Iran before Israel negotiates with the PA unity government.