Hamas Charges Fayyad with 'Collaboration'

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Hamas terror group plans to file charges against Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for collaborating with Israel and squandering public monies.

According to Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, Fayyad could be subject to arrest upon entering the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this month, Fayyad submitted his resignation to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, whose own term as president ended on January 9.

Fayyad said he tendered his resignation because he did not want to hinder reconciliation between the PA's Fatah faction and Hamas, which would pave the way for a unity government.

Fayyad's resignation goes into effect at the end of March, less than a week away.

The latest round of Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks were canceled last week after failing to bring the desired results. Egypt plans to restart talks the first week in April.

According to Hamas legislator Salah Bardaweel, Fayyad betrayed the Palestinian people.

"We don't trust Fayyad, and we won't accept him in any position in a new government," Bardaweel said.

"This man has a dark record. He is responsible for security coordination with the Zionist enemy [Israel], political arrests [of Hamas supporters] in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and squandering public funds belonging to the Palestinian people," he said.

"He became prime minister in violation of Palestinian Basic Law. His government never won the approval of the [Hamas-dominated] Palestinian Legislative Council. He's a problematic figure," Bardaweel said.

Abbas appointed Fayyad prime minister after the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Following the bloody military coup, Abbas dissolved the three-month-old unity government, deposed Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, who had been appointed prime minister in that government, appointing Fayyad in his place.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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