Leaders from the Palestinian terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad slammed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas for purportedly suggesting that Arab states intervene in Gaza with military force resembling their action in Yemen.
Abbas made the suggestion during his remarks at the Arab League summit in Egypt, where he praised the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen as “acceptable and advisable” and said that “there are other cases, there are other countries suffering from division and discord.”
“We suffer from division. We were the first to suffer from division,” Abbas said, in reference to the split between the PA-controlled West Bank and Hamas-controlled Gaza.
“Abbas had previously described Gaza as a rebellious region and seeks to pit the world against his own people, not to mention that he works with the Israelis against his Palestinians,” Hamas member Mushir al-Masri said at a rally against Abbas in northern Gaza on Sunday evening, the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Dawood Shehad, a spokesperson from Islamic Jihad, said Abbas’s statements are “poisonous and to destroy every effort towards national unity and internal cohesion.”
“Gaza will never become a separate entity from the rest of Palestine, and the conspiracy Abbas is warning of is actually of his own making,” Shehab said, according to the Anadolu Agency.
At the Arab League summit, Arab leaders agreed to form a joint military force to confront regional threats such as the Islamic State terror group and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.