Abbas Meets with Terror Chiefs in Syria

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CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - Palestinian Authority (PA ) President Mahmoud Abbas met with Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, head of the Islamic Jihad terror organization, in Damascus Monday.

Former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala), who leads the Palestinian negotiating team, participated in the meeting, along with senior Islamic Jihad members Ziad al-Nakhaleh and Muhammed al-Hindi.

The leaders discussed reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, with Islamic Jihad offering to mediate between the two groups.

Islamic Jihad was one of the terror groups that refused to sign the Egyptian-brokered tahadyeh (temporary calm) with Israel.

"The Islamic Jihad leaders made it clear that the talks with Israel are ineffective and a waste of time," a representative of the group told Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh.

Abbas also briefed leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) on his efforts to end the rift with Hamas and all Palestinian "factions."

Meanwhile, senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said Hamas would not cede control of the Gaza Strip until the PA ceased cooperating with Israel.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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