Hamas Rejects Fayyad's Call for Unity

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Gaza-based Hamas group rejected the Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister's call for the immediate establishment of a unity government.

On Saturday, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called on Hamas to accept President Mahmoud Abbas's offer to reunite and form a transitional government in preparation for new elections.

Fayyad is particularly upset over Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operations against Hamas-affiliated civilian institutions in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), especially because they mirror his closure several months ago of some 30 "charities" funded by Hamas.

"The response to the Israeli measures should be the immediate reunification of the two parts of the homeland [the West Bank and the Gaza Strip]," Fayyad said.

"We must end the division and restore unity immediately," he said.

But Hamas rejected Fayyad's offer, instead linking the IDF's actions with Fayyad's crackdown on 30 Hamas-affiliated institutions in Nablus (biblical Shechem) and Ramallah.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called the PA prime minister a "major threat to the Palestinian cause," which he said began with Fayyad's actions after the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Following the violent coup in Gaza, Abbas formed an emergency government, deposed Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and appointed Fayyad prime minister in his place.

"Fayyad is the most dangerous man for the Palestinian cause," Barhoum said.

"He has destroyed the Palestinian cause because of his beliefs and actions on the ground," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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