Special report: Internal situation in Palestine
DAMASCUS, June 25 (Xinhua) -- A senior Hamas official
reasserted here on Monday that dialogue between Fatah and his movement is the
only way to get out of the current crisis in the Palestinian territories.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the politburo of
the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, made the remarks in an
exclusive interview with Xinhua.
"Hamas is still committed to all laws governing the
operation of the (Palestinian National) Authority and dialogue is the only way
out of this crisis," said Abu Marzouk.
Hamas, which is facing increasing isolation from
Israel and the west after it seized control of Gaza by violence 11 days ago,
also faces isolation from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who sacked the
Hamas-led unity government and formed an emergency government.
Hamas has made several overtures to Abbas for talks,
which were, however, rebuffed by the Palestinian leadership, saying that there
would be no dialogue before the Islamists were held to account for the take-over
of security forces in Gaza.
"It is a grave mistake to talk about no dialogue on
the Palestinian arena. There is no way but dialogue," said Abu Marzouk, adding
that "it is strange that they want a dialogue with the Zionist enemy but does
not want dialogue with their own people."
But the official also noted that Abbas was not able
to hold along policy of non-dialogue with Hamas, because "if he wants to call
himself leader of all Palestinians, he must bring the Palestinians on one
"It should be noted that most of the Arab parties
called on Hamas and Fatah to resort to the language of reason and sit at the
negotiating table to solve the internal Palestinian crisis," he said.
Abu Marzouk's remarks came just hours earlier than a
four-way summit of Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli leaders on
Monday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort Sharm El-Sheikh to ease the current grave
situation in the Palestinian territories and activate the stalled Mideast peace
Ousted Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneya on
Sunday slammed the summit, saying it will bring nothing to the Palestinians and
accusing Israel of boosting the difference among the Palestinians by supporting
the emergency government.
Abu Marzouk echoed Haneya's position, asserting that
"(Israeli Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert is not able to give anything and Mahmoud
Abbas will not take anything from Olmert. He (Olmert) will not stop the
settlement, neither will he give a Palestinian state in the West Bank."
Meanwhile, the Hamas official attributed the current
plight in the Gaza Strip to the Israeli occupation and colonial policy "which
was responsible for any shortages of water, electricity or food because Gaza is
an occupied territory."
Abu Marzouk said Hamas will not change its position
and will continue to adhere to the policy of resistance against Israel.
"We believe that we have to resist the occupation and
end the colonial policy on our land in Palestine so that our people will be free
like the rest of the peoples on the earth," he said.
Hamas won parliamentary elections and rose to power
early last year, but its government was isolated by Israel and the west for
refusing to renounce violence and recognize Israel.
Meanwhile, Abu Marzouk also denied that there is any
internal division in Hamas between its military and political wings.
"Ezz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of
Hamas, are committed to the decisions of the movement... and there is never any
internal disagreement within Hamas movement and the rumors on this side lack
accuracy," he stated.