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Minister: PA could become 2nd Somalia

Palestinian finance minister warns about dangers inherent in collapse of Hamas government

Published: 04.12.06, 09:57 / Israel News

A Hamas government collapse would turn the Palestinian Authority into another Somalia, Palestinian Finance Minister on behalf of Hamas Omar Abdel Razek warned in an interview published by British newspaper The Times Wednesday.


Abdel Razek, who was only released from an Israeli prison several months ago, said Israel can expect an increase in terror attacks as a result of the difficult economic situation in the PA, the suspension of international aid, and the Israeli suspension of tax money transfers.


Relations with Israel won't remain calm, Razek warned, adding that the Hamas government would not push in that direction but noting that the problems faced by the Palestinians would lead to more attacks.


The Palestinian minister added residents of neighboring countries would not be pleased by the situation and noted he does not think the world is interested in seeing a Hamas government collapse.


Razek also said that in light of the difficult situation in the PA, he would welcome assistance from anyone, "including Iran," as long as the aid is unconditional.


Abdel Razek, 47, holds a PhD from an American university. He was detained last December on suspicion of assisting Hamas' election campaign in Jerusalem. Razek described his 92 days in detention as an "interrogation, without torture," but complained about being subjected to psychological pressure.


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