Mashaal in Cairo
Photo: AFP

Mashaal: Netanyahu threats don't scare us

Israeli state officials warn Abbas against getting too close to Hamas after Cairo meeting. Hamas leader unfazed: 'Threats reaffirm our belief that we are on the right path'

Hamas Politburo chief Khaled Mashaal addressed Israeli warnings following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Thursday. "The Netanyahu government's threats don't scare us but rather reaffirm our belief that we are on the right path – the path of reconciliation," he told the French news agency.


Quoted by the Palestinian Ma'an news agency, Mashaal said that the Palestinian people must not be afraid of any party that has an interest.


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"Why should we be afraid? The Israeli enemy is trampling over the Palestinian people's rights on a daily basis, Israel continues to exercise its aggression and is hurting the Palestinian people's rights," he said.


"הולכים בדרך הנכונה - דרך הפיוס". אבו-מאזן ומשעל (צילום: AFP)

Mashaal and Abbas in Cairo. Too close? (Photo: AFP) 


On Thursday, sources at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau said that the closer Abbas gets to Hamas the further he strays from peace. "It's early to judge the Abbas-Mashaal meeting in terms of black and white. Right now it appears as ceremonial," one source said.


State officials noted that the US administration and the Israeli government warned Abbas against getting too close to Hamas, stressing both the political and economic implications on the Palestinian Authority.


Mashaal said that a committee will convene on December 22 to discuss all agreements regarding the PLO and its reorganization.


He noted that the committee will also discuss the issue of elections but noted it was still too early to discuss the option Hamas that will put forward a candidate for PA presidency.




פרסום ראשון: 11.25.11, 11:54
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