Special report: Israel launches Gaza
GAZA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian government
led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) rejected on Tuesday a peace
initiative presented by a former U.S. peace envoy.
The initiative calls for the Palestinians to form a
new emergency government that excludes rivals Hamas and Fatah movements, but
includes technocrats and independents.
Dennis Ross, the U.S. envoy to the Middle East peace
process during the Clinton administration, presented his initiative with the
hope to overcome a worsening fiscal, political and security crisis in the Gaza
However, Palestinian cabinet spokesman Ghazi Hamad
described the initiative as "unworkable," saying that "it seems the Palestinian
accounts and equations are not being considered by Mr. Ross."
Hamad said that "excluding Hamas and Fatah, the
largest groups in the Palestinian political arena, would not be useful,
especially as Hamas won the elections with an overwhelming victory."
He clarified that such a move would be "illogical
because the percentage which the other parties received in the elections was
very weak and they have no wide support in the street". Hamad also rejected
Ross' suggestions in the initiative that Muhammed Dahlan, a senior Fatah
official assumes the security in the new emergency government.
Dahlan is a lawmaker in the Palestinian Legislative
Council representing Fatah movement and also a former minister of interior and
On Jan. 25, Hamas hit rival long-dominant Fatah
movement in the second Palestinian parliamentary elections. Its victory enabled
Hamas to form its own government without any participation from other factions.
When the Hamas-led government took office in late
March, the other factions said they didn't join the government, owing
differences over the political vision of the government. The same political
vision encouraged Western donors to suspend their aid and monthly payments to
the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) since Hamas refused to renounce
violence, recognize Israel and honor peace deals.
Western sanctions made Hamas unable to pay salaries
for 160.000 public servants. Enditem