The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, al-Jihad Movement, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have on Thursday evening issued a joint statement condemning the remarks made by Palestinian Authority “PA” intelligence chief Majed Faraj.
In a recent interview conducted by the US magazine Defense News, Faraj stated that the PA security forces had aborted 200 resistance operations against the Israeli occupation during the current intifada.
In the joint statement, the factions said that Faraj’s remarks constitute an insult to the struggle and sacrifices of Palestinians, serving only to deepen the Palestinian rift and prolong internal division.
The statement added that Faraj’s remarks reflect the state of monopoly exerted by the PA over the Palestinian national decision, noting that they disregard the national consensus that rejects all relations between PA and the Israeli occupation.
The factions rejected the use of the security portfolio to gain Israeli endorsement, noting that Faraj’s remarks come in the context of an ongoing competition over who is going to lead the PA in the future.