MPs: Palestinians tired of promises, want real reconciliation

[ 10/08/2011 – 11:08 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– MP Hassan Yousef, who represents Hamas on the Palestinian Legislative Council, said Tuesday that the Palestinians are “tired of promises” and want to see the Palestinian reconciliation implemented on the ground.

“Arrests and deals do not go together at all,” Yousef said in a statement, referring to the ongoing persecution of Hamas supporters in the Fatah-controlled West Bank, even after a unity deal was signed by parties ruling in split Palestinian territories.

“The summonses and arrests must be stopped right away,” he said, calling what is taking place “unacceptable under any circumstances”.

The statement comes after Hamas and Fatah met Sunday in Cairo in continuation of reconciliation talks.

“Our people want reality on the ground and to achieve reconciliation practically, although some understand that reconciliation means that security remains with a stick and that it has a de facto policy alongside the reconciliation as well. This is unacceptable.”

A recent statement by Younis al-Astal, who also represents Hamas on the PLC, also condemns the situation in the West Bank, somthing that has carried on even after Sunday’s meeting, saying it “demonstrates the security services’ rejection of the recent Cairo understandings”.

The talks recommended that all political prisoners be freed before the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan.

“The security services are following their American and Israeli generals because they have gotten instruction and training and still take funding from the Americans and Israelis,” he said.

“The policy of the Americans, the Zionists, and the Palestinian security agencies is to perpetuate the split and discord,” he said. “It is not in their interest that the Palestinians reconcile practically”.

“We are afraid that reconciliation would require a long time to find someone able to speak in the Palestinian Authority and abide by it with the people and with the Palestinian factions.”

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