Not that Abbas did either. There is no surprise here, except to those with their heads terminally planted in the sand. “Hamas Officially Appoints Palestinian PM,” from AP, with thanks to JE:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Ismail Haniyeh of the militant Islamic Hamas received his official appointment as the next Palestinian prime minister, but he refused to respond to a demand from the Palestinian leader to adhere to interim peace deals with Israel.
On Wednesday, Iran offered to help finance a Palestinian Authority run by the Hamas militant group, Iranian state radio reported….
Abbas has said the new government must accept the agreements previous governments made “” including interim peace accords with Israel and the internationally backed “road map” plan for a Palestinian state.
Haniyeh was noncommittal. “We will study it, and God willing, we will answer soon to Abu Mazen (Abbas), God willing,” he said.