Hamas MP: P.A. Not Serious about Unity Gov't.

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Hamas' al Qassam website quoted Palestinian MP Ahmed Abdul-Aziz Mubarak as saying the P.A.'s continuing arrest record of Hamas members in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) shows they're not interested in forming a unity government.

Al Qassam is the "military wing" of Hamas.

Mubarak said the P.A. is playing the reconciliation card like a "gambling chip" to convince the Quartet - U.S., E.U., U.N. and Russia - to pressure Israel for concessions that would allow it to return to direct negotiations, which Hamas is opposed to.

"Therefore, they are keen not to complete the reconciliation process because it goes against the interests of those who have declared opposition to reconciliation," Mubarak said, according to the report. "Its continued aggression confirms what has been said."

Mubarak recommended that Fatah apologize for all the arrests and murders of Hamas members since the elections in 2006 to the present.

"It has become clear to everyone who is responsible for the incidents that led to the split," he said.

Meanwhile, the P.A.'s Ma'an news agency reported that Abbas called "Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh" Thursday to discuss "recent developments on a unity deal signed in May."

According to that report, Abbas stressed the need to maintain a "positive atmosphere" as they implemented certain parts of the deal.

Meanwhile, the strife between the two Palestinian factions continues, including who will head the new government and whether Hamas would participate in municipal elections Fatah says it would like to hold in October.

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