SIDON, Lebanon: A senior Hamas official dismissed Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to seek U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state as “a political jump in the air” designed to scupper an inter-Palestinian reconciliation.
Mahmoud Zahar, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, spoke to journalists after touring the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh outside Sidon. After praying at Khaled bin al-Walid Mosque in the camp, he delivered the Friday sermon and later met with parents of Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire at the border village of Maroun al-Ras on May 15.
Abbas’ step is “a meaningless political jump in the air. It is [designed] to torpedo the program to implement reconciliation,” Zahar said. He urged Abbas to return to the agreement reached by Hamas and its rival, the moderate Fatah movement, in Cairo a few weeks before Abbas went to the U.N. to press the Palestinian statehood bid.
Defying U.S. and Israeli opposition, Abbas last month officially submitted a request to the U.N. for recognition of Palestine as a full member state. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Abbas said that “the time has come for Palestinian independence.”
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