Resheq: Abbas’s negotiations with IOA big sin

Resheq: Abbas’s negotiations with IOA big sin

Damascus, — Ezzet Al-Resheq, political bureau member of the Hamas Movement, on Wednesday criticized the Arab follow up committee’s decision to allow indirect talks between the PA in Ramallah and the Israeli occupation authority (IOA).

Resheq, in a press statement, said that Hamas rejects direct and indirect talks with the IOA, because such talks are futile and lead to nothing.

The Arab committee’s endorsement of four months of talks with the IOA would only provide a cover for the IOA to continue in its judaization of Islamic holy shrines and occupied Jerusalem, he elaborated.

Resheq noted that the IOA was imposing new conditions such as rejecting the right of return for Palestinian refugees, demanding recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and keeping Jerusalem out of the negotiations, describing as a “big sin” the return to negotiations in light of those new stands.

He said that Mahmoud Abbas, the PA chief whose term in office had expired more than a year ago, should have shown flexibility in the national reconciliation rather than with the enemy of his people.

For his part, Dr. Sami Abu Zurhi, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, told the PIC that resuming talks with the IOA was a national crime.

He opined that negotiations with the IOA would only lead to more failure, adding that the return of Abbas to the national option of resistance and steadfastness is the alternative to those fruitless negotiations.

A responsible source in Hamas expressed dismay in a statement in Damascus on Wednesday over the Arab decision, adding that Abbas was bowing anew to American conditions.

He added that futile negotiations in the pasts 18 years did not yield any fruit so what the Arabs are expecting from a four months period.

The Arab League secretary general Amr Mousa said following a meeting for the follow up committee that all were convinced that negotiations under the present circumstances were useless , however, it was decided to give a chance for indirect negotiations for a limited period of four months after which the Arabs would go to the UN Security Council if the talks failed.