Hamas official accuses United States of 'blatant interference in Palestinian affairs'

U.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt seen during a visit on the border with the Gaza Strip

"If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements", he added.

Hamas must meet the worldwide demands to recognize Israel and accept previous agreements with it, Greenblatt said, adding that the faction has always refused similar demands in the past.

Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump's special envoy for the Middle East peace process, on Thursday said any Palestinian government must "unambiguously and explicitly" respect the conditions on the parties as set forth by the Quartet, the four nations and entities involved in mediating Israeli-Palestinian peace. Hamas has always refused similar demands in the past.

Hamas is due to hand over Gaza's border crossings by November 1 ahead of a full transfer of power by December 1. Top Hamas terrorist Saleh al-Arouri announced over the weekend that among other things, the deal would integrate Hamas and Fatah security and police forces in Gaza and in PA-controlled areas of Yehudah and Shomron, which "means partnership in decisions of war and peace", al-Arouri was quoted as saying. In an official statement, the government said that "as in the past, we continue to hold the position that the government of Israel will not conduct negotiations with a Palestinian government that depends on the inclusion of a terrorist group that seeks the destruction of Israel".

"National consensus is the best response to Israel's noisiness", Barhoum stressed, calling all Palestinians to ignore what he described as "blatant Zionist interventions".

Hamas warned on Tuesday that Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas's delay in easing sanctions on Gaza was putting at risk a landmark unity deal signed last week.

Additionally, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said that "the conditions [set] by the occupation reveal that Israel is greatly injured by the reconciliation", adding however that such an attitude is nothing new.

This past month, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women united in a two-week march for peace that brought forward participants of all ages and backgrounds.

Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) signed the Oslo Accords in 1993. It is imperative to stop all settlement activities in occupied territories, to cease the closure of Gaza, to enhance measures that would improve the livelihood of the Palestinian people and to prevent violence against civilians, he said.



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