“Abbas to hold Damascus talks with militants,” from AFP, with thanks to Skeetstreet:
AMMAN – Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas is to visit the Syrian capital next week for talks with exiled militant leaders on bringing them into a national unity government, Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei said on Saturday.
“The president will travel to Damascus Tuesday or Wednesday for talks with the general secretaries of Palestinian groups,” Qorei told AFP in Amman, where he has been taking part in meetings with Abbas of their mainstream Fatah faction.
The Fatah central committee, which was to wrap up its meetings later
Saturday, was due to issue an appeal to all factions to join a national unity government “at this critical juncture which requires our people to unite in the face of the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank.”…
Unite in the face of the Israeli pullout? In what sense is the pullout a threat before which they must unite?
“The idea of creating a national, all-encompassing entity to manage the withdrawal and supervise the legislative elections is, in principle, a good idea,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.
“We are in favour of the creation of an entity regrouping all the
representatives of all the Palestinian forces but that does not have to be done through a government,” he said.
“The idea of communal action is good but there are differences over the way to do it.”
Hamas’s smaller rival Islamic Jihad ruled out joining a new
Not that their point of view will not be represented anyway.