Unprecedented Verbal Attack between Palestinian Authority, Hamas
Kifah Ziboun and Asharq Al-Awsat 16 April 2017
Ramallah, Gaza – An unprecedented verbal attack has broken out between the
Palestinian Authority and Hamas on the eve of a planned meeting between the
two sides in Gaza in order to put an end to the Palestinian division.
Hamas Movement said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is
leading a fourth aggression on Gaza on behalf of Israeli occupation
authorities with his latest decisions on Gaza salary cuts.
Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement, on Saturday, that Abbas
is responsible for Gaza siege and isolation as well as the power and water
crises other than the lack of health services.
Barhoum also held Abbas responsible for denying workers of their basic
rights and suspending allocations of martyrs, the wounded and other needy
This language is different from that spoken by Hamas in the past few days as
they welcomed the delegation from the central committee of Fatah movement
that is supposed to arrive to Gaza any time before the end of April to hold
talks with Hamas movement and other factions.
Notably, Fatah delegation carries with it a specific initiative from Abbas,
which calls for dissolving Hamas’s committee it has established earlier to
manage Gaza and then carrying out public elections, otherwise the
alternative would be to enact more difficult measures against Gaza.
Hamas escalated its speech against President Abbas following the latter’s
threats to take unprecedented measures in case Hamas refused the options
that will be suggested by the central delegation.
The Palestinian authority government started last month to cut salaries of
Gaza employees by 30 to 50%, which sparked a wave of anger among the Fatah
leadership in Gaza and their staff before the president threatened to take
unspecified further steps.
Abbas warned that he will take “unprecedented steps” to end the political
division between his West Bank-based autonomy government and the Hamas-run
Abbas told Palestinian diplomats in Bahrain during conference of the
ambassadors of Palestine to Arab and Muslim countries: “These days, we are
in a dangerous and tough situation that requires decisive steps, and we are
to take these decisive steps.”
“Therefore, we are going to take unprecedented steps in the coming days to
end the division.”
Gaza’s Energy Authority went on strike on Friday in protest of the unjust
measures taken against Palestinians in the besieged strip.
During the protests, several participants carried candles in a message to
Abbas and his government that Gaza would never yield to their extortions and
For his part, Mushir al-Masri, a member of the Palestinian Legislative
Council, told demonstrators: “We are not blind to the enemy’s use of tricks
including tightening the siege using its cheap tools: Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Tightening the
siege will blow up in the occupation’s face.”