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Hamas, Fatah officials say US opposes Palestinian unity
Published Saturday 02/03/2013 (updated) 04/03/2013 09:55
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CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah officials said Saturday that Palestinians must ignore external intervention and foreign pressure in order to ensure political reconciliation is successful.

The comments were made as Palestinian officials met in Cairo for a board meeting of the Yasser Arafat Foundation.

Hamas deputy politburo chief Moussa Abu Marzouq said that the United States and Israel want to keep the Palestinian people divided and their foreign policies have a serious impact on unity between factions.

The US administration will "stop aid to the Palestinian Authority if reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah is achieved and Hamas joins a Palestinian unity government," the senior Hamas official said.

The US congress will impose economic sanctions on the Palestinian people if unity is achieved, he added, noting that Arab countries must exert pressure to neutralize the influence of the United States so Palestinians can finalize a unity deal.

Senior Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad echoed the Hamas official's remarks, saying that external influences deepen Palestinian rivalries.

"We received threats from America not to go to Cairo to sign the reconciliation document at the time, but we refused these threats and went to sign the reconciliation document."

US influence in the region is the main obstacle to Palestinian unity, al-Ahmad said.

Hamas and Fatah split into separate governments in 2007.

In May 2011, a deal was signed to reunite the West Bank and Gaza, but has yet to be implemented.
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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
02/03/2013 20:18
A united Palestinian government would send a very powerful message to its people and to the people of the world.

2 ) Outlier / USA
02/03/2013 20:46
The US is perfectly capable of speaking for itself.

3 ) Mel / USA
02/03/2013 20:57
The more plots to divide Palestinians,or Palestine,the more they MUST UNITE as Arabs & Palestinian NATIONALS! Arab unity,regardless of sectarian difference-ESPECIALLY if it's ACTIVE PEACEFUL RESISTANCE-is Israel's greatest dread! Zionism's put Israel in 1/2 a century of WAR CRIMES,cruel,unusual,degrading,inhuman treatment,collective punishment,already,rightly draining support globally!United Palestinian NATIONALISM/PEACE-ACTIVISM trumps Achilles Heel factionalism EVERY TIME! UNITY IS YOUR POWER!

4 ) Zainab / UK
03/03/2013 00:06
Hamas & Fatah should be reconcilled & united. You are all brothers from one country, struggling against the tide of external forces. Unite Palestine and move forward. Do not be pressured or coerced by the US. The Arab League & the EU should help you to constructively move forward. It is absolutely ludicrous for the US to threaten to stop aid, just because it doesn't want a united Palestine. The US thinks everyone can be brought to heel when it snaps its fingers, don't bow or kneel to its demands

5 ) ian / australia
03/03/2013 01:02
#2 "The US is perfectly capable of speaking for itself." Well, yeah but that doesn't mean Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad (and others) can't report facts the US would never disclose ("We received threats from America not to go to Cairo...") or offer analysis you'd never find in the US press ("US influence in the region is the main obstacle to Palestinian unity."). And when the US does speak, esp. when BFF Israel (with its myriad "concerns") is involved, it tends to make very little sense (because

6 ) ian / australia
03/03/2013 01:04
(contd.) AIPAC has its hand up its a** working the head). No offence.

7 ) gabi / australia
03/03/2013 01:15
# 2 eh?

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
03/03/2013 03:33
It is total nonsense, to say that the "US opposes Palestinian unity", since: - the US makes NO terms what so ever for Palestinian unity, just like - the US makes NO terms what so ever for Palestinian-Israel Peace, compromise, negotiations, or even just talks !!

9 ) JV / Canada
03/03/2013 20:39
Here we have the US House of Representatives deciding whether Palestinians should be "allowed" to unite. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/05/a-one-sided-house-hearing-against-palestinian-reconciliation.html

10 ) @ Zainab-4 / Honestly
03/03/2013 20:55
-a- Hamas & Fatah may be "struggling against the tide of external forces", but honestly they have NOT been "all brothers from ONE COUNTRY", since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, where: - Gaza was under Egyptian control between 1948 & 1967, and - the West Bank was under Jordanian control between 1948 & 1967, and -b- It is NOT "ludicrous for the US to threaten to stop aid," that it should have never started, and Palestinians no longer deserve !!

11 ) Outlier / USA
05/03/2013 00:28
5,7. If the US wants to put a dog in this fight, it will. The two parties blaming the US when they themselves are the parties responsible for making or not making a unity agreement is bizarre.

12 ) gabi / australia
06/03/2013 01:50
# 11 - no, the bizarre part is that each time there is talk of unity the US and/or Israel says something like "we won't deal with terrorists" meaning, the if the PA joins with Hamas end of deal. Well, when I say "deal" really, what deal? Israel's position is "we'll take all the land we want then we will talk about what (little) is left." #10 - better the US stops aid to Israel then Israel may learn a bit of humility and start acting like decent human beings, be truly a "light to all nations"
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