Hamas’s propaganda campaign against ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) continued Thursday, after the government insisted that the talks are a “conspiracy” against the Palestinian Arab people.
Taher Al-Nunu, Hamas’s PR consultant, stated vehemently Thursday that the US’s framework for an agreement between the two sides in talks “would not pass” and claimed that “the plot to destroy the ‘Palestinian problem’ would not succeed.”
“Palestinian land is not something privately owned, to be given away anytime they feel like it,” he added.
The PR spokesman also slammed PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas over statements the latter made at the meeting with Israeli students in Ramallah earlier this week. At the meeting, Abbas claimed that the PA has no intention of flooding Israel with refugees and that “creative solutions” will have to be found to the “refugee problem.”
“The refugees’ right to return is set in stone; no one person has the authority to give them up, hurt them, or negotiate the matter,” Al-Nunu fired. “It is a private and collective right.” He added that Hamas calls for an immediate end to negotiations and that the entire peace process is a “historical disgrace.”
Hamas continues to slam Abbas over the meeting, which apparently evoked a more moderate image of Palestinian Arabs than the terror group expected. On Monday, the Hamas government issued sharp criticism to the PA over the meeting, calling it “a sign of normalization of ties with Israel” that “only seeks to improve their image with the world.”
Earlier in the process, Hamas also slammed Abbas personally for his involvement in talks, calling the PA Chairman “illegitimate” and claiming that he does not truly represent the Palestinian Arab people.
Hamas and Fatah have been at loggerheads since 2007, when Hamas violently seized control of Gaza, setting up a government that is independent of Abbas’s Ramallah-based government and cracking down on Fatah officials residing in Gaza.
Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo in 2011, pledging to set up an interim consensus government of independents that would pave the way for legislative and presidential elections within 12 months. That deal has yet to be implemented.