Saturday, 30 April 2011

Bahar warns Abbas against submission to US, Israeli threats to thwart unity - Haneyya: Government ready for unity deal

Bahar warns Abbas against submission to US, Israeli threats to thwart unity

[ 30/04/2011 - 03:44 PM ]
GAZA, (PIC)-- Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Dr. Ahmed Bahar has called on Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah to ignore US-Israeli threats aimed at thwarting reconciliation with Hamas.

Israel and the Obama administration have threatened to discontinue aid to the PA if it follows through in a historic unity government deal with longtime rival Hamas that governs the Gaza Strip.

Bahar emphasized the need to counter the warnings through continued internal unification.

Israel and the United States administration wish to perpetuate the Palestinian split for ”black agendas and malicious objectives”, Bahar said.

He called on Arabs to give political and moral support for Palestinian unity and to cover the material needs of the Palestinians in order thwart the Israeli-US strategy aimed at hampering reconciliation efforts.

Separately, during the same press statement issued Saturday, Bahar highly commended Egypt's decision to permanently open the Rafah border crossing to the Gaza Strip within the next few days.

He stressed that the decision is a genuine contribution and practical step in breaking the siege on the Gaza Strip.

Egypt's new policy has reflected in its best on the Palestinian cause through the hosting of internal reconciliation, Bahar said. Now it plays a natural, avant-garde role by easing the suffering of the Gazan people by opening the Fatah crossing.

Egypt has made a strong comeback to once again lead the Arab world and crystalize a new stage in pride and dignity, far from dependence and submission to Israeli and western positions which drowned the former regime, Bahar went on to say.

Haneyya: Government ready for unity deal

[ 30/04/2011 - 10:30 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Prime Minister of the Palestinian government in Gaza, Ismail Haneyya, has confirmed his government is willing to give dues based on the national reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas.
”[The government] has overcome obstacles and encouraged and opened the door widely before this national moment on more than one level,” Haneyya said after meeting Friday night with the Hamas delegation that took part in talks in Cairo on Wednesday.
Haneyya pointed out that understandings were reached on pending issues, opening the door for the signing of the reconciliation agreement.
The premier congratulated the Palestinians over the unity deal and expressed gratitude to Egypt which brokered the talks.
”[Egypt] served at this stage as a basic lever to create desired penetration, which came as a culmination of Palestinian and Arab efforts exerted in that regard,” he said.
He added that the deal reflected the strategy of the government in Gaza and Hamas which manifested itself in many stations over the years of dispute.
He said he believed in the paramount importance of national unity especially at this stage in order to preserve and defend Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause.
Haneyya said he is aware that the deal does not please enemy forces and that they will try to place obstacles in front of it, requiring concerted efforts to counter attempts to curb the people's will for national unity and harmony.
The prime minister expressed hope that the rest of the Palestinian factions would co-sign the deal and that a national consensus would be achieved.
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