Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasem reiterated his movement’s rejection of any proposal aimed to resume negotiations between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli occupation even under the pretext of new terms of reference.
Qasem’s remarks came after Ahmad al-Deek, advisor to the Palestinian foreign minister, announced the Arab approval of a project calling for resuming negations with the Israeli occupation under various terms of reference.
Returning to the negotiation table with the Israeli occupation breaks Palestinian national consensus on the necessity to abandon this approach and cancel the Oslo deal and all security, political, and economic connections resulting from it, Qasem explained.
The PA’s move, Qasem continued, confirms that the PA and Mahmoud Abbas’ political system reached a deadlock.
Noting that the international community has failed to restore Palestinian rights, Qasem demonstrated that the PA’s commitment to different terms of reference for negotiation would entail imposing “more restrictions and new pressures on our people.”
The PA’s acceptance to return to negotiations contradicts its president’s statements to suspend all agreements with the Israeli occupation, Qasem added.
Qasem reaffirmed the necessity to immediately call for a meeting for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's Temporary Leadership Framework to be held to formulate a joint national vision agreed upon by all Palestinians.
Qasem called on the PA president to act in line with Palestinian national consensus and not to take unilateral moves.
The Hamas spokesperson urged Arab states to support the Palestinian people in all forums and place pressure on Washington to end its violations against Palestinian rights through its “deal of the century”.
Unanimously agreed upon by all Arab states in a virtual Arab League meeting, the Arab project suggests the PA resume negotiations with the Israeli occupation on various terms of international reference.