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Abbas: PA Must Control Everything in Gaza

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah are discussing reconciliation when it comes to control of Gaza and the West Bank. It will not be so easy, it seems. The Jerusalem Post's Adam Rasgon reports that P.A. head Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not accept Hamas controlling Gaza, but instead wants his own group to control everything, including security:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said he would not accept a scenario in the Gaza Strip, in which Hamas’s armed wing would be able to hold onto its weapons.

Abbas’s comments came several hours after PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas Politburo Chairman Ismail Haniyeh met in Gaza in a bid to start work on ending the decade-long territorial division between the West Bank and Gaza.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007 when it ousted the Fatah-dominated PA. 

“Everything needs to be in the hands of the Palestinian Authority,” Abbas told Egypt’s CBC, a popular Arabic television station, in an interview. “I’ll be even more clear — I will not accept reproducing the Hezbollah experience…We are one state, one system, one law and one weapon.”

Hezbollah maintains control of a number of militias in Lebanon, over which the Lebanese state does not have control.

Abbas’s remarks highlighted the sharp difference of opinion between him and Hamas’s leadership on the future of Gaza’s security...

Tags: Hamas , Palestinian Authority , Gaza

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