GAZA STRIP (Dispatches) – The United States has told a number of Arab states to stop giving financial support to the Palestinian Authority, Al-Aqsa TV has quoted a senior Hamas official as saying.
According to Saleh Al-Arouri, a number of states have been asked to put pressure on Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA), in order to pull out of any reconciliation with Hamas.
The deputy head of the Hamas Political Bureau added that these countries are those which sponsored the U.S. so-called "deal of the century”. He stressed, however, that Hamas is committed to the Palestinian understandings reached in Istanbul and would never backtrack on them.
Al-Arouri had also revealed that the U.S. had offered to talk with Hamas over the "deal”, but the resistance movement refused because Washington’s intention was to split the national Palestinian stance and threaten the PLO leadership.
"Hamas refused to negotiate with the U.S. government over the deal of the century because Washington was trying to exploit the talks in order to threaten the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership by provoking divisions among Palestinian factions,” al-Arouri said.
The U.S.-proposed deal, which is completely in favor of the Zionist regime, enshrines al-Quds as "Israel’s undivided capital” and allows the regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley. The plan also denies the right of return to Palestinian refugees into their homeland, among other controversial terms.
All Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected the so-called deal of century that serves the occupying regime’s interests in the decades-old conflict while creating a Palestinian state with limited control over its own security and borders.
"National participation is the only response that can be given to the conspiracy of the deal of the century and [bids aimed at] elimination of the Palestinian cause,” Arouri noted.
In July, former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said that the best way to undermine the Zionist regime’s annexation plans "is to change the function of the PA” from serving the Israeli occupation to confronting it. He stressed that if such a change was not made, the PA should be dissolved after discussions with the different Palestinian factions and reaching an agreement on a replacement in order not to end up in chaos.