Unity elusive as ever after Abbas disparages Hamas in speech and Meshal accuses President of lying 12Oct09 October 14, 2009

Palestine News Network -  12 October 2009


Head of the Hamas political bureau Khaled Meshal has accused President Abbas of lying.

Exiled by the occupying Israeli administration, Meshal spoke from Syria when he derided the President’s speech of Sunday evening. Abbas was attempting to explain his position regarding the postponement of the vote on the Goldstone report. He said that international objections were destroying its substance.

However, Meshal described Abbas’s words as rhetoric and that he was lying in order to substantiate his position, while other parties have called to charge Abbas and the PA with treason. The President’s speech was peppered throughout with anti-Hamas statements.

Fateh is accusing Hamas of using the Goldstone report to justify postponing national reconciliation.

Given the statements of both Abbas and Meshal, it has become clearer that achieving unity is elusive, as it has been since the Hamas party won the Legislative Council elections in 2005-2006.

In the meantime, the PLO plans to stick with the amended date of new elections for President, and those legally in place for the PLC, of the twenty-fifth of January, 2010. Hamas rejects the plan.

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