Friday, January 13, 2012

Unity! Haniyeh says Abbas tried to stop leaders from meeting him

Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh is accusing Mahmoud Abbas of attempting to prevent the leaders of Arab countries from meeting him on his recent mini-tour.

Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza City on Thursday, "I told by the brothers in Tunis, that Abbas sent a message to prevent the President of Tunisia from receiving me.

"Tunisia is a country of law and it received Haniyeh as the legitimate Prime Minister according to the law."

It appears that Haniyeh's charges are correct. There have been other reports of the PA being upset at his trip, acting like the Prime Minister of Palestine. Moreover, Fatah apparently planted a false story in the Palestinian Arab media about Meshal telling Arab leaders not to meet with Haniyeh.

Another manifestation of Hamas/Fatah "unity" - scheming behind the scenes to take the other side down.

(h/t CHA)