US Special envoy Jason Greenblatt slammed the Palestinian Authority on Monday for defending Hamas against a UN resolution condemning the terrorist organization.
"Beyond absurd- the Palestinian Authority, which hates Hamas, has cut payments to Gaza for months which increases the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, now tries to defend Hamas & terrorism by undermining a condemnation of Hamas at the UN. It’s time to speak the truth," Greenblatt write on his Twitter account.
A vote on the US resolution is expected on Thursday. All 28 EU countries agreed to support the measure after the United States included a mention of relevant UN resolutions in the text that does not, however, refer to "the two-state solution."
On Sunday, Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, condemned the American resolution.
In an interview with the Felesteen al-Yawm website, which is affiliated with the Islamic Jihad, Zaki called the American proposal a "clear racist decision".
"If Hamas, which carries out resistance, is defined as a terrorist organization, then all the elements in the Palestinian people are carrying out terror, and this is contrary to reality, because Hamas and the rest of the Palestinians are national liberation movements that are fighting against the Israeli occupation which is carrying out terrorism against our people,” he claimed.
Zaki explained that the defense of Hamas stems from the belief in the commitment to the various elements of the Palestinian Arabs, and from a pure national belief that it cannot be silenced by the American administration's attempt to incriminate the entire Palestinian resistance. "Hamas is a fundamental movement and we will protect it from any unjust decision," he said.