According to a Fatah official, representatives from Egypt and Jordan warned the PA chief that Mahmoud Abbas’s party was not prepared for Hamas’ election challenge.
« Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence chiefs who visited Ramallah this week and met with Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the Palestinian Authority warned that Israel would not cooperate with a Palestinian government that Hamas would be a partner with, « a senior Fatah official told TPS.
This Message was delivered on the possibility of Hamas winning the Palestinian parliamentary and presidential elections announced for May and July. It should be noted that after the elections, Fatah and Hamas are discussing the keeping of a joint list and the formation of a unity government, which could lead to Hamas participating in the Palestinian government.
Hamas is expected candidate in the elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council. At the moment, however, Hamas has not decided whether to run for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority.
According to the Fatah official, the guests from Egypt and Jordan warned the head of the PA that Fatah was closed due to internal power struggles and the obvious division of the lists is not prepared for the election challenge, which increases the possibility of significant political gains for Hamas, as in the 2006 elections. Abu Mazen will campaign for unity of all Fatah factions again before the elections.
Abbas Kamal, the Egyptian intelligence chief said the decision to take part in the elections was too early as the US position on the Palestinian issue is currently unclear and there is no official US position on the election anyway.
Kamal added, Abu Mazen has no guarantee that Hamas will defend the Palestinian political position on the 1967 border issue and the issue of one r going to accept the two-state solution. However, she could still gain international legitimacy and use the elections to advance his goals. Kamal also criticized Hamas’ enthusiasm for elections, warning that the lessons of 2006 have not been drawn. « The election will now be the final nail in the Palestinian Authority’s coffin, » warned the guests, adding, that Hamas will take over the PA in Judea and Samaria through the ballot box if the Fatah camp is not united.
Abu Mazen was surprised by the demand for a unity of Fatah, which preceded the unification of Fatah as Egyptian and Jordanian opposition to the elections was interpreted.
The conflict between Abu Mazen and Muhammad Dahlan, a Fatah official who was expelled from the movement and whom the PA wants to prevent from voting on criminal charges, takes place in The organization received the greatest attention, particularly in view of the fact that Dahlan is supporting Marwan Barghouti, a senior Fatah official who is at odds with Abu Mazen and has signaled its intention to run for the presidency in July as well.
TPS learned that at a meeting attended by Nasser Kadua, Abbas Zaki and senior Fatah figures after a visit by intelligence officials to Ramallah, the odds were to cancel the elections, due to the growing fear of the elections were strengthening the camp of Muhammad Dahlan and Marwan Barghouti, who held the power of the staff and confidants of Abu Mazen, Majed Faraj, Palestinian intelligence chief, and Hussein al-Sheikh, Minister for Civilian PA affairs.
The Arab media released reports of Arab efforts to end the conflict between Abu Mazen and Dahlan, but on the ground, Abu Mazen’s efforts to harm Dahlan’s camp continue and his men ‘arrests continue continue. A few days ago, Akram Abu Shalbak, an employee of Dahlan, a journalist from East Jerusalem with an Israeli ID card, was arrested by Palestinian security personnel and taken to Ramallah.
Fear in Abu Mazen’s camp is now growing with the formation of a coalition between Dahlan and Barghouti, who could join Nasser al-Qidwa, a member of the Fatah Central Committee and a relative of Arafat, and other independent elements. Qidwa recently said he opposes drawing up a joint list for Fatah and Hamas because it « smells of opportunism and personal interests at the expense of the people’s interests ».
« We need to understand that elections as such are not Achieve unity and even maintain the split between Fatah and Hamas, and I warn of an apparent tendency to postpone substantive issues until after the elections, « said Qidwa.
In recent days there has been a possibility of defeat The election movement brought a resurgence between the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, and criticism that Abu Mazen was reluctantly drawn into the election under pressure from the European Union and embassies from the new US administration.
Sources in Ramallah told TPS that Abu Mazen was relieved of pressure due to his growing reliance on continued economic aid from the European Union and his desire to signaling to the Biden government that he was working to renew the legitimacy of the Palestinian leadership through elections could not withstand.
It was learned that Hussein a-Sheikh, an employee of Abu Mazen, in internal talks about the elections said « there are no sacred dates » and pointed out the need to postpone them.
Sources in Ramallah estimate that if Abu Mazen wants to stop the electoral process, he will use the issue of the elections in East Jerusalem and can claim that he was forced to postpone the elections due to Israel’s refusal to allow the democratic move.
In the meantime, Hamas is organizing elections and is even discussing the possibility of postponing the internal elections to their political office, to focus on the general election challenge. The Shura Council has also started to discuss this and has not yet made up its mind.
Hamas leaders in Judea and Samaria are already calling on the PA to allow their political activity. For example, Sheikh Naif Rajoub, a senior Hamas official, and Jibril’s brother, a senior Fatah official, are calling for Hamas to operate freely and commit to respecting the election results. Abdel Rahman Zidan, a Hamas member from Tul Karem, calls on the PA to « guarantee freedoms and stop political arrests ».
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