JPost Hamas: Israel sabotaging reconciliation efforts
JPost Mon, Feb 4, 2013
The Jerusalem Post
Hamas: Israel sabotaging reconciliation efforts
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Spokesman says IDF arrests of organization's members in W. Bank designed to foil efforts to reconcile with Fatah.
Defiant Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip said that the arrest of the movement's political representatives in the West Bank by the IDF was designed to sabotage efforts to achieve reconciliation with Fatah.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the arrests won't "obstruct Hamas's role in defending the Palestinians and their lands and holy sites." Barhoum said the arrests were primarily designed to foil efforts to achieve reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.
The IDF crackdown on the Hamas leadership came as representatives of the movement and Fatah prepared to launch fresh reconciliation talks in Cairo in a bid to end their dispute.
Hamas legislator Salah Bardaweel condemned the IDF crackdown, but also criticized the Palestinian Authority for detaining Hamas supporters in the West Bank.
Bardaweel called on the Egyptians to exert pressure on Israel to secure the release of the Hamas men.