Avi Issacharoff
September 21, 2008 - 8:00pm

Hamas government spokesman Taher Nunu urged all the Palestinian organizations on Sunday to refrain from making statements that could escalate the internal Palestinian conflict.

Nunu's comment came after Gen. Dhiab al-Ali, who heads the Palestinian
Authority's forces in the West Bank and is considered the Palestinian chief of staff, told Haaretz that the PA must be ready to use force against Hamas in the Gaza Strip "to reunify the homeland."

Such comments legitimize various groups that want to undermine security and stability in Gaza, Nunu charged.

"These are statements that are aimed at damaging Palestinian unity and causing the failure of efforts by Egypt and Arab states to bring about national reconciliation," he said. "These statements emphasize that the 'Ramallah gang' is not interested in dialogue; it just wants to harm the interests of the Palestinian people in favor of the Israeli-American agenda."

"Hamas is not willing to return to the situation that existed before June 14, 2007, when the movement seized control of Gaza," Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh added on Sunday, responding to Fatah's demands to reverse the takeover.

"There will be no return to the security chaos," Haniyeh told Hamas police officers. "Hamas is creating a new history."

A Fatah delegation is slated to meet with senior Egyptian officials in Cairo on Monday to discuss the possibility of reconciling with Hamas.


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