Hamas slams PA intelligence meetings with US counterparts

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum

Middle East Monitor  /  February 18, 2020

A spokesman for Hamas has criticised the ongoing meetings between the Palestinian Authority intelligence service and its US counterparts.

Fawzi Barhoum said that the meetings reflect the fact that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is simply not serious about ending communication and meetings with the Trump administration.

“The meetings are confirmation that Abbas’s promises are merely words that lack the will to be translated into practical actions that conform to the Palestinian unified national demand to completely sever relations with the US administration,” said the Islamic Resistance Movement official. “They have serious repercussions for the interests of our people and their rights.”

Barhoum called on the PA to adjust the Palestinian political track towards national consensus on ways to confront and thwart the so-called “deal of the century”, and protect the interests of the Palestinian people.

In closing, he also criticised the meetings held by Palestinian officials with Israeli journalists in Ramallah over the past two days.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Jihad Movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have both condemned the participation of members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation at a conference held in Tel Aviv.