Fatah: Gaza “Won’t Get a Penny” Unless There’s a “Legitimate Authority”


azzam-al-ahmedAzzam al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official who headed the Palestinian delegation to the Cairo cease-fire talks, said Monday that Gaza “won’t get a penny” unless there’s a “legitimate authority” there. He also reiterated the PA’s refusal to pay salaries to tens of thousands of Hamas employees in Gaza, saying these employees had been appointed by an illegitimate Hamas government.

On Sunday, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said he was unable to pay the Hamas employees as a result of threats from several donor countries.

Steinitz: Abbas Is Offering Us “Collective Suicide”

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ “demand for Israel to withdraw to the 1967 lines, without holding on to the Jordan Valley, without defensible borders, without security control, and without the demilitarization of Gaza…is a recipe for collective suicide,” Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday. “Hamas took over half of the PA….If this repeats itself in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], this becomes an existential threat. From there, thousands of short-range rockets…put Tel Aviv, Gush Dan and Jerusalem in range…. What constitutes a severe threat in Gaza becomes an existential threat from Judea and Samaria.”

Ya’alon: Iran Seeking to Renew Aid to Hamas

Iran is attempting to renew aid to Hamas in Gaza, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday.

Hamas has “proven itself against the Zionist enemy” in Iranian eyes, while Qatar and Turkey support it as well, Ya’alon said.

“The overseas headquarters of Hamas is situated in Istanbul. Salah Arouri sits there. Where is the world on this matter? When they talk about a war on terrorism, it starts with the question of whether this type of phenomenon is accepted, where there is open state support for terrorism,” Ya’alon said. “The free world is too forgiving of terror organizations, terror entities, and states that activate terrorism.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}